During Saga Dawa, the karmic
results of virtuous and non-virtuous actions are magnified and
it is believed that the merit earned on this day is multiplied
a million times. As a result, the tradition in the Tibetan community
is to make offerings to their temple, Lama, and their community.
One important offering that is made is to poor people. Tibetans
in Tibet, India Nepal , etc., give beggars, for instance, money
during this time. The poor people line up on the streets for
weeks accepting these donations. It is a very touching and moving
site. Some Tibetans also give money to save the lives of animals.
For instance, giving a rancher or butcher money to save the life
of a sheep. Then this sheep is taken to a herdsman who is paid
regularly by the "sponsor" to take care of the animal.
The karmic merit thought to accumulate from these actions, if
the motivation is correct, can be enormous.
On Saturday, June 14th, there
will be a full moon. This is considered the height of Saga Dawa.
To celebrate this auspicious day, the Gomang monks of the Tibetan
Cultural Center (3655 S. Snoddy Road, Bloomington) will be chanting
special prayers and offering butterlamps from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend and there is no charge. If you
are so inclined, please bring an offering (e.g. flowers, cookies,
candy, fruit, etc.) for the altar at the TCC. We also will be
collecting money to donate to the Hoosier Hills food bank, an
organization that feeds the needy in Bloomington and nearby surrounding