Days one through fifteen of the first month of the Tibetan calendar mark a period when Lord Buddha performed many miracles, beginning with Losar (the Tibetan New Year) on the first day and culminating on the fifteenth day, Chotrul Duchen (the Day of Miracles). On Buddha Multiplying Days, karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Losar took place this year on Monday, February 27 and the Fifteen Days of Miracles continues through Chotrul Duchen on Sunday, March 12.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught extensively on benefits of engaging in Vajrasattva practice for purification.
“Vajrasattva practice is so important generally, and especially nowadays in the world, when there is not only global warming, but many other problems,” Rinpoche explained in The Benefits of Vajrasattva Practice. “There are so many other dangers—of war and sicknesses, cancer, and so many people whom you know are dying. There are so many sicknesses and other conditions for dying.
“This Vajrasattva practice and other purification practices are the ultimate answer, so everything in the world—what you see, every situation—tells you to practice Vajrasattva. To purify and do Vajrasattva practice is the ultimate answer, to stop the cause to be reborn in the lower realms and the immediate [result] is to have a higher rebirth, to make preparation for death and then to meet the Dharma, to meet the virtuous friend who reveals the path to enlightenment. Then to achieve ultimate happiness, to be free from samsara and to achieve enlightenment for the numberless sentient beings and to free them from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full enlightenment.”
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