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Dear Friends of The Ripa Sangha,

Every year the Ripa International Center in Switzerland celebrates Saga Dawa Duchen according to the Tibetan calendar to commemorate the goodness and qualities of the Buddha’s sublime body, speech and mind. With full faith in the Buddha and His teachings, we celebrate this festival together and dedicate the merit to all sentient beings.

We cordially invite you to celebrate with us! This year we are celebrating Saga Dawa Duchen at the Ripa International Center this Sunday, June 12th led by Lama Tenzin Phuntsok. Saga Dawa is one of the most important Buddhist holidays and it will be very special this year to get together once again, without masks and “social distancing” in a festive and solemn way. Those who cannot attend may participate online! We are all waiting for each of you!

Begoña and The RIC Team

Program: (all times are based on the Central European Time Zone (GMT+2)

7:00-8:00  Lhasang 
Via Zoom

10:00 – 12:00 Procession and Saga Dawa Practice, with flower offerings and bathing of the Buddha-baby.
Transmission on Facebook only.

15:30 – 16:30 Sangye Menla Practice 
Via Zoom

19:00 – 20:00 Protectors and Küntusangpo
Via Zoom

Saga Dawa Duchen
On Saga Dawa Duchen, the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha are commemorated.
Saga Dawa is the month of merit, also called Bumgyur Dawa, which means “merit multiplied by a hundred thousand”. During this period, Buddhists around the world make special efforts to practice the Dharma and exercise generosity and compassion in order to accumulate greater merit and dissolve negative karma.
Saga Dawa Duchen, the full moon day, falls this year on Tuesday, June 14th, also the day of our monthly Gesar practice and will be broadcast via Zoom at 7.30 pm, as always.

At The RIC, in order to allow as many people as possible to participate onsite, we will celebrate Saga Dawa on Sunday, June 12th.

Our beloved teachers, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, the place of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations (Winter of 2021/22).
Joining the Party at the RIC

For those who can attend onsite, there will be a lunch available at 1:00 pm in the dining room for 10 CHF. We are serving delicious, traditional momos, salad buffet and for dessert, your cake offerings are welcome.

For meals and overnight stays, please register through Friday, June 10th at 12:00 (noon) via this link:

For those who will be following the festivities from home, here are the links and information to connect:

Via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 822 0689 3520
Passcode: 823300

Facebook: for the procession at 10:00 am

Texts for Rituals:
You may obtain the texts for Saga Dawa and Sangye Menla via our online shop, on the page “resources”, by downloading…
Practice Texts in English