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Oak Park

• Buddha's Return from Heaven Day puja (2022)

September 22 marks the 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. To commemorate this special day, we will engage in the blessed, traditional prayers "Offering to the Spiritual Guide."

• Buddha's Return from Heaven Day puja (2022)
• Buddha's Return from Heaven Day puja (2022)

Time & Location

Sep 22, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA

Details

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.

AVAILABILITY

😊 In person in Oak Park

❌ Not available online

SCHEDULE

Thursrday, September 22, 2022

7pm - 9pm

BOOKS & MATERIALS

Printed copies of the prayers will be available to use in the center. Click below to learn more about it or to order a printed, e-book, or audio copy from Tharpa Publications. You can also purchase copies in person at our Oak Park and Wicker Park locations.

COST

FREE

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  • Livestream

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