Special days in November 2012

On these special days, try to put aside time to do more practice and be mindful of your positive and negative deeds.

6 Nov 2012 – Lhabab Duchen
Buddha descends from the Trayastrimsha Heavens

This is a Buddhist festival celebrated to observe the descent of Buddha from heaven back to earth. Buddha had left for heaven at the age of 41, having ascended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsa) in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the desire realms and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. He was exhorted by his follower and representative Maugalyayana to return, and after a long debate managed to return. This is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha. He returned to earth by a special triple ladder prepared by Viswakarma, the god of machines. On Lhabab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.

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13 Nov 2012, Total Eclipse of the Sun

All times in UTC/GMT
(P1) Partial begin 19:37:58
(U1) Total begin 20:35:08
Greatest eclipse 22:12:55
(U4) Total end 23:48:24
(P4) Partial end 0:45:34

28 Nov 2012 – Partial Eclipse of the Moon

Penumbral eclipse starts – 12:14:58 UT
Greatest eclipse – 14:33:00 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends – 16:51:02 UT

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