Nying Je Ling Observances
No calendar is entirely free from fault or distortion, and therefore all are fundamentally imprecise. They are conventions. As such, our kind Root Teacher, Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, recommended that we determine the dates of our observances on the basis of the principles of intention (feast days are observed in order to accumulate merit and wisdom), circumstance (living in the West, we utilize the Julian calendar in everyday affairs), and simplicity (since all calendrical calculations are flawed and imprecise, the easier the method utilized to determine a particular date, the better).
Therefore, we propose observing our Principal Holidays on the following days:
First Sunday in January: Tashi Norbu Rinpoche
First Sunday in February: Buddha Amideva
First Sunday in March: Nagarjuna, Asanga, and Vasubandhu
Last Sunday in March: Confession and Reparation
First Sunday in April: New Year
First Sunday in May: Kunchen Dolpopa
First Sunday in June: Buddha Sakyamuni
First Sunday in July: Jetsun Taranatha
First Sunday in August: First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma
First Sunday in September: Penam Rinpoche
First Sunday in October: Great Jonang Stupa
First Sunday in November: Mother Protector Samaya Tara
First Sunday in December: Buddha of Compassion
In addition, there are three recurring observances each month:
Second Week: Healing and Memorial
Third Week: Vow Renewal
Fourth Week: Protector and Guru Yoga
Hello Tashi-la, how are these holidays celebrated or observed? Are there specific practices that we should keep on the holidays which fall on the first Sunday of each month?
There are no specific requirements, but it is good to increase our practice on those days.