Sacred lunar days 2022: why they’re crucial, when and how to commemorate Buddha Days, Tsog Feasts, Puja Days in Tibetan, Mahayana, and Theravada Buddhist customs
Lunar calendars can be complicated– particularly given that there are 3 systems: lunisiderial, lunisolar, and purelunar For this factor, our Lunar Dharma Dates calendar has various dates for Buddha Days, for instance, given that the majority of Asia and India usage the lunisolar calendar while Tibetan Buddhism utilizes “skip days” and “double days” to offset the distinction in days in between the lunar month/year and the solar. Since Tibetan Buddhism positions a reasonably bigger focus on astrology and lunar, we have both the Lunisolar (conventional Chinese or Lunar calendar) and Tibetan Lunar dates showed.
Multiple dates: differs by custom
For example, this year (solar 2022) New Year in the West is January 1, 2022, while Chinese New Year is February 1, 2022, and Losar Tibetan New Year is March 3, 2022. For this factor, given that the 15th Day of the Lunar New Year is unique in Buddhism, they are significant in a different way for Tibetan Buddhists as compared to Mahayana Buddhists on the Chinese Lunar calendar. The 15th day in the Chinese Lunar Calendar marks Nirvana Day andLantern Festival In Tibetan Buddhism, the 15th Day of the First Month is the Day of Miracles.
New Year Confusion
If you like New Years’ events, you’ll more than happy to understand we mark 4 different New Years!
- Solar Calendar: January 1, 2022
- Mahayana New Year (typically): February 1, 2022
- Tibetan New Year: March 3, 2022
- Theravadan New Year: April 16, 2022
Special Buddha Days
The crucial days of the Buddhist calendars– which are otherwise well known depending on the custom) are constantly the Buddha Days:
- Nirvana Day (and Lantern Festival): February 15, 2022
- Magha Puja Day or Sangha Day: February 16, 2022
- Buddha’s Day of Miracles: March 18, 2022
- Vesak Buddha Day: May 16, 2022 (falls one month later on on Tibetan calendar)
- Tibetan Vesak or Lord Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana Day (Tibetan): June 14, 2022
- Asala Dharma Day (Theravadan): July 13, 2022
- Lord Buddha’s Descent from God Real Day (Tibetan): November 15, 2022
In addition to the Buddha Days well known on different dates by all customs, there are some spiritual yearly days distinct to Tibetan Buddhism:
- Sakya Pandita Day: January 16, 2022
- Milarepa Day: March 17, 2022
- In the Japanese custom, there is Obon or Ancestor Day, commemorating the forefathers, on August 13, 2022.
In Tibetan Buddhism, days of lunar and solar eclipse are particularly helpful for practice, and all benefit from these activities is amplified. Eclipses for 2022 consist of:
- April 30, 2022 Solar Eclipse
- May 16, 2022 Lunar Eclipse
- October 25, 2022 Solar Eclipse
Monthly Lunar Practices
Especially in Tibetan Buddhism, New Moon, Full Moon and 25th and 10th of the Lunar month are very important. For those with Highest Yoga Tantra dedications, the lunar 25th and 10th Tsog (Tsok) are dedications. The Tsog on the 10th is committed to the Dakas and the 25th tothe Dakinis The 10th is likewise month-to-month Guru Rinpoche Day.
The practices on the moon are particularly meritorious, and typically consist of Medicine Buddha Pujas and other advantageous activities. Full moon is on the 15th of any lunar month.
The Eighth of the lunar month is likewise advantageous for all pujas and is particularly spiritual to Tara– frequently calledTara Day Medicine Buddha Pujas are likewise typical on this day.