Confession and Praise on the Full Moon of Sagadawa

Posted on June 05, 2020

Today on Saga Dawa Düchen, the 'Festival of Vaishakha', the full moon (15th day) of the fourth Tibetan lunar month, we celebrate Buddha Śākyamuni’s enlightenment at Bodhgaya at the age of thirty-five, and his parinirvāṇa (passing away) at Kushinagara at the age of eighty-one. Since every full moon day is also considered a propitious time for confession practice (Tib. Sojong), Lhasey Lotsawa would like to offer you our translation of the famous "Bodhisattvas’ Confession of Downfalls," also known as the "Sūtra of the Three Heaps," which invokes the thirty-five buddhas of confession as a means of purifying transgressions and downfalls of the bodhisattva vow. As this year also marks the 150th anniversary of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa's parinirvāṇa, we would like to simultaneously share with you our translation of Chokgyur Lingpa's treasure text entitled the Lotus Uṣṇīṣa Confession, a condensed version of the aforementioned sūtra. Finally, in honor of Buddha Śākyamuni, we are delighted to add Rigpa's translation of Ārya Nāgārjuna's beautiful praise of the twelve deeds of Buddha Śākyamuni to our library.