On the last Full moon we celebrated Vesak day ( photos Gallery) also known as Buddha Purnima. According to the Theravada calendar it is on that day that we commemorate Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana.
It was also the last puja together with Lopon Choewang who had served here as the main teacher for the past four years.
On this auspicious day we offered 1000 butter lamps and performed the Big Rigdzin. At the break we took out the 16 pechas, which are known as the Bum, a condensed version of the Kangyur ( teachings of Lord Buddha). Lead by the 3 symbols of Body, Speech and Mind we carried the texts outside.
Even though we had not made any kind of publicity, quite a few Buddhist people from the surrounding turned up at this very moment and took part in the procession. Texts got carried around the Gompa, then around the Stupa and then we all took a break at the farm house, to recite several prayers and enjoy cold drinks as the day was very hot.
Then the procession started again, went through the wood and back to the gompa. The ambiance was very joyful and you could feel everybody was very much touch within by something that could not be seen.
It was the first time since the inauguration of the gompa,that the teachings were brought all around the land and we wish now to do it every year.