The na­tion ob­served Lhabab Duechen

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Lhabab Duechen is cel­e­brated on the 22nd day of the 9th Lu­nar month of the Bhutanese cal­en­dar. The day is cel­e­brated to mark the an­niver­sary of Lord Bud­dha’s de­scent from the realm of heaven to earth on this day.

His­tory has it say that Bud­dha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and his mother ex­pired af­ter seven days. There­fore, six years af­ter at­tain­ing en­light­en­ment at the age of 41, he as­cended to Tushita heaven (the Realm of the Di­vas), which is still part of Sam­sara (the cy­cle of birth, death and re­birth) on the 15th day of the 6th month of the Lu­nar cal­en­dar to preach to his mother. He went there to teach his mother so she could break free Sam­sara be­cause he wanted to re­pay her kind­ness to­wards him.

When he was preach­ing to his mother along with the Gods and Goddesses in heaven, peo­ple on the earth were wor­ried be­cause they did not know where the Bud­dha was. Then, Bud­dha’s dis­ci­ple, the clair­voy­ant Sharibu, had a vi­sion of the Lord in Heaven.

Fol­low­ing the re­quest of all the devo­tees, an­other dis­ci­ple of Lord Bud­dha, Ma­o­gyel Gebu, who was known to pos­sess mirac­u­lous pow­ers, as­cended to heaven on the 15th day of the 9th month of the lu­nar cal­en­dar and re­quested the Bud­dha to re­turn to earth.

Lord Bud­dha’s de­scended to earth on the 22nd day of the 9th month. The De­scend­ing Day of Lord Bud­dha is the cel­e­bra­tion of his re­turn to earth from heaven.

Peo­ple around the King­dom vis­ited var­i­ous monas­ter­ies, Dzongs and Lhakhangs to ob­serve the day.

Mean­while His Em­i­nence Lam Namkhai Ny­ingpo Rin­poche is pre- sid­ing over a seven day Tsig­duen Soeldep (seven line prayer ded­i­cated to Guru Rin­poche) along with Tsig­duen Ladrup Tshon­gkhor at the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Chorten in Thim­phu that started from last Thurs­day. The seven line prayer, also known as the seven verses of the Va­jra (Dorji Tshig­duen), is one of the most pop­u­lar prayers in the Hi­malayan Bud­dhist World.

The prayer con­sists of praise and sup­pli­ca­tion to Guru Rin­poche in seven lines. The prayer cer­e­mony is be­ing or- ga­nized by the Tshokey Dorji Foun­da­tion, the scared prayer cer­e­mony will con­clude with Marmey Moen­lam on Wed­nes­day.

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