Saka Dawa Celebration

Mon, 17 June, 2019

Escarpments Estate (formerly Katoomba Golf Club)


The  full moon day in Saka Dawa1 is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, commemorating Lord Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana.


10:00am Installation and blessing of new flags in the garden, followed by a fire puja. The flags have been sponsored by families from the Tibetan community, to whom oceans of thanks.

12:30pm Community lunch, very generously sponsored by members of the Tibetan community.

5:30pm Guru Shakyamuni Buddha puja, as recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Everyone very welcome,
please join us for the whole day or any part of it.
Help make this a really joyful celebration of our Kunsang Yeshe community

If you’re coming for lunch, please be kind to the catering team and email numbers to

The merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month are considered to be multiplied many times over, especially on the full moon day 2 — so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions such as:

  • sponsoring or engaging in beneficial pujas, practices, and prayers
  • reciting the Sutra Remembering the Three Jewels (recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche)
  • circumambulating a stupa or other holy place (going around clockwise while repeating mantras)
  • making offerings to those in need and especially to nuns and monks
  • being especially careful to avoid negative actions that harm sentient beings, as the effects are also magnified!

For more information about Saka Dawa and the many activities conducted or sponsored by the FPMT to mark the holy day, including suggestions for personal practice, see here. (Note that May 22nd is not this year’s date)

1 Saka Dawa is the auspicious fourth month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. This year it commences on June 1st and ends July 2nd.

2 Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.