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Saga Dawa Resounding

Published on 04 June 2019

As we approach the auspicious lunar month of Saga Dawa, during which Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha Shakyamuni, 84000 and Siddhartha’s Intent — together with Chökyi Gyatso Institute (Dewathang, Bhutan), Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute (Chauntra, India), and Dzongsar Khamje Shedra (Derge, China) — will also be celebrating the birthday of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche!

So, taking a page from the sūtras, we welcome our friends around the world to resound the words of the Buddha together, individually or in groups, on any day between June 16 – 18, 2019, at the time and place of your choosing.

We will be reading a recently translated sūtra, The Jewel Cloud.

Dates: June 16 – 18, 2019
Time: Any time over the above days you feel the inspiration to read aloud.
Where: Your home, shrine room, study, or centre.
How: Sign up here
Text: The Jewel Cloud 

 

Here are some resources to help you prepare for your Resounding:

To read more about the concept of a Resounding, and for a copy of opening and closing prayers, please visit: http://84000.co/resources/resounding/

To listen to Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche explain the benefits and methods of the monastic resounding tradition, please visit: http://84000.co/kangyur-resounding-from-east-to-west/

Or simply read a transcript of a speech given by HH 41st Sakya Trizin on the significance of the words of the Buddha and the importance of reading and studying the words of the Buddha, as a method of taming the mind: http://84000.co/84000-sutra-resounding-led-by-hh-sakya-trizin/

 

*A ‘Resounding’ is the term that 84000 uses to express an activity that emulates the traditional monastic practice of reading aloud the entire Kangyur. In the monastic practice, each participant selects a sūtra or section of a sūtra and reads it aloud – until the entire Kangyur has been collectively read aloud. The 84000 version of this practice is the activity of collectively reading aloud translated sūtra(s) or sections of a sūtra that have been published in the 84000 Reading Room. The idea is to have as much of the sūtra(s) as possible read aloud by any number of people in the given amount of time. Reading the words of the Buddha aloud is said to benefit oneself and all those who can hear them.