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Tibetan Life, Issue #03 -- Happy Tibetan Saka Dawa!
May 15, 2010
Tashi Delek

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Happy Saka Dawa!

Anniversary of the Buddha's birth, death and Enlightenment

Saka Dawa is one of the most important sacred Buddhist days.

According to the Tibetan calendar, Saka Dawa is celebrated on the 15th day of the fourth lunar month. The whole fourth Tibetan month, May 14th to June 12th is a special time.

On the full moon day of this month, May 27th, Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana are celebrated.

During this month people place special emphasis on dharma practice like circumambulation of Monasteries and Stupas, prostrations, taking precepts, reciting mantras, offering mandalas, doing sadhanas and saving animals lives, etc. All the merits will be multiplied 100,000 times!

Read more about the basic beliefs of Buddhism here.

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Questions & Answers

Each month, The Tibetan Life e-Zine is created by you with the questions you send me. Do you have a question, comment, or something else that you would like to share with our growing community of Tibetan Life fans? Please don't hesitate to contact me


Recent questions which have been answered:

Do you have a good Tibetan breakfast recipe?

What is the difference between the Lhasa apso and the Tibetan spaniel dog?

I heard this 'Om mani padme hum' mantra on youtube, do you know where I can find it?

Can you tell me about the chair yoga you teach?

Did you know...?

...that the Tibetan people look very similar to the native americans or north american 'indians'? The Tibetans like the native americans have very black hair traditionally worn long down their backs, very dark eyes, lovely tanned skin and olive shaped eyes. Some Tibetans also resemble south american people.

I have direct proof this as my husband, a Tibetan nomad from Amdo, has been mistaken for a native american on several occasions and is also amazed at the physical similarities. Also one time, he was convinced that a Peruvian playing in a band on the street was a Tibetan friend of his that he hadn't seen in years.

A Short Tibetan Buddhist Teaching...

Spirtuality and Materialism by Lama Thubten Yeshe
from the book 'The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind'.

People often talk about spirituality and materialism, but what do these terms really mean? Actually, this is not a simple subject; it’s vast. There are probably countless points of view as to what spirituality and materialism truly are.

On the surface, we might agree, “This is spiritual; that is material,” but if you look into it more deeply I think you’ll find that as individuals, each of us has a different view.

Some people think that spirituality and materialism are complete opposites—two irreconcilable extremes—and that it’s impossible to be spiritual and materialistic at the same time. Others consider that those who seek the spiritual path do so only because they are unhappy with their lives, have failed in the material world and can’t find a way to be happy in it, can’t face living in normal society and therefore hallucinate that somewhere up there, there’s a God in whom they can believe.

Read more here.

The Lhasa Apso Tibetan Dog is getting very popular!

Lhasa Apsos are beautiful, spirited and devoted little dogs. They are affectionate with their owners and make great pets. This breed can be very obedient to their masters and responds well to motivational training.

Click on the photo to check out some videos of these gorgeous little Tibetan dogs..

Want to do something to help Tibet?

There are many ways:

Check out the following web sites:

Students for a Free Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet

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