Chötrul Düchen (Festival of Buddha’s Display of Miracles) falls each year on the first full moon day (which is also the 15th day) of the Tibetan New Year. The full Festival actually begins on Losar (New Year) and continues for the next 15 days.
The Festival celebrates the occurrence of miracles that the Buddha displayed in Sravasti, India when he was challenged by a group of proponents of non-Buddhist views. In order to restore and nourish a belief in the Buddhist teachings and to honor the allegiance of his Buddhist devotees, the Buddha performed 15 miracles over the period of 15 days. The event not only increased the merit and devotion of the Buddha’s disciples; it also attracted non-Buddhists to the teachings.
Chötrul Düchen is one of the 4 main days in the Tibetan year that commemorates a significant event in the life of the Buddha. The effects of positive and negative actions are thought to be multiplied 10 million times on this day. It is considered to be a very auspicious day to do spiritual practice, perform good deeds, go on pilgrimage, light butter lamps, sponsor prayers, and make offerings.
Each monastery has their own way of commemorating the Festival of Buddha’s Display of Miracles. At Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, Chötrul Düchen falls within the 9-day White Amitāyus (Tsekar) Drubchen for long life and the attainment of wisdom. Therefore, on Chötrul Düchen, the monks make aspirations for long, happy, healthy, and prosperous lives for all sentient beings.
May the virtue of anyone who rejoices in this auspicious activity be dedicated to the Enlightenment of all sentient beings.