Auspicious Days for Spiritual Practice

Tonpa Miwoche statue smaller(Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoché)

There are many auspicious days throughout the year in the Bönpo calendar.  Each month, there are auspicious days which are determined by the teaching activities of the Supreme Shen Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoché.  These dates are based upon the lunar calendar.

  • 30th Day of the Month: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the beings in the formless realm.  This is a good day to purify wrong views.  The power of any virtuous activity or meditation performed on this day is doubled.  Also, because of its significance in the lunar cycle, no meat or alcohol are consumed on this day and special prayers and mantras are performed.
  • 1st Day of the New Moon: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the space gods in the highest and purest of places in the formless realm.  This is a good day to purify greed and attachment.
  • 8th Day: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the clear light gods.  This is a good day to purify broken vows and to recite one of the three heart mantras of Yungdrung Bön.  Also, because of its significance in the lunar cycle, no meat or alcohol are consumed on this day and special prayers and mantras are performed.
  • 14th Day: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the Gaden gods of the form realm.  This is a good day to purify sexual misconduct and desire.
  • 15th Day/Full Moon: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the gods of the desire realm atop Mt. Meru.  This is a good day to purify the killing someone important such as a lama, a family member or another practitioner either in this or a previous life.  Also, because of its significance in the lunar calendar, no meat or alcohol is consumed on this day and special prayers and mantras are performed.
  • 16th Day: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the four great gods of the desire realm and the four great kings.   This is a good day to purify disagreements or misunderstandings with parents, a lama, or another practitioner from this or a past life.
  • 19th Day: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the Tsangri gods of the form realm.  This is a good day to purify any accidental killing.
  • 22nd Day: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the demi-gods of the desire realm who reside on the slopes of Mt. Meru.  This is a good day to purify the killing of a human being or the telling of lies to your lama.  Also, because of its significance in the lunar calendar, no meat or alcohol is consumed on this day and special prayers and mantras are performed.
  • 29th Day: On this day, the Supreme Shen Tönpa Shenrap taught the lu, or the water beings also known as nagas, of the desire realm.  This is a good day to purify stealing from this or a past life.

Posted on March 11, 2013, in Prayer and Ritual, Tibetan Lunar & Religious Calendar, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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