• Buddha's Return from Heaven Day 2021
Time & Location
September 22 marks the celebration of Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day when Buddha returned from the desire god realm called Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, where he had been to visit his mother who had been reborn there. Traditionally this day also marks the end of the summer retreat. Every year, during the summer months, Buddha did a three-month retreat with his disciples. His reason for doing this was to avoid harming insects and other animals.
This day is therefore very special. It is said that if we engage in any kind of virtuous action on this day it becomes especially powerful and our merit greatly increases. For example, if we offer one single light offering this action is multiplied to become millions of light offerings.
To commemorate this auspicious day, Kadampa Buddhist centers around the world make special traditional prayers. At KMC Chicago, we will engage in the blessed prayers of Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Tib. Lama Chopa), in which we make prayers to attain all the realizations that lead to our own and others' Enlightenment. It is customary -- but not required -- to bring a pure offering of fresh food or flowers. No previous experience is necessary; absolutely anyone is welcome to attend.
Wednesday, September 22
5:15pm - 7:15pm Central Time
Offering to the Spiritual Guide meditation prayers (more information about these meditation prayers)
😊 Oak Park (in person)
🕙 Live online
To join by livestream, please use the link in our calendar