Festival of Miracles

Buddha Shakyamuni's 15 Miracles

Buddha Shakyamuni’s 15 Miracles

Today (February 25th) is Chotrul Duchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles’ which is always on the first full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first Tibetan month. It commemorates the fifteen days on which, in order to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples, Buddha displayed a different miracle each day. It is a very auspicious day, one of only four times in the year where merit is said to be increased 10 million times!

Be kind to one another. If you have a practice, do it today, and if you are so inclined, dedicate any merit accumulated from the practice, or acts of kindness, to the liberation of all beings.

Here is an example of a dedication of merit (see below). I have adapted it from a sadhana I have to make it a bit more generalized. And though this was adapted from a Buddhist text, I offer it as one example among many that can be used freely (or adapted from) to all spiritual practitioners regardless of your particular tradition. This is to be said at the conclusion of your practice. The intent is, as mentioned above, to dedicate any merit accumulated through your practice to the liberation and enlightenment of all beings. If you do not have a formal practice, you can still dedicate merit by saying this with focused intention, or something similar to this, if you perform acts of kindness, compassion and so forth.

By the virtue of this practice,
May I attain liberation and enlightenment
And aid all beings without exception to that state.

May the precious Bodhichitta (Mind of Enlightenment)
Not yet born, be born.
May that which has been born
Not decline, but ever increase.

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