Global Meditation Practice on the New Moon

The Boudhanath Stupa. Artwork Credit: Karma Phuntsok, find more of his sacred art at

In Tibetan Buddhism, the new moon is an auspicious time for the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This month, the new moon falls on November 4th. Therefore, Tibetan Buddhists traditionally use this day to engage in virtuous activities such as lighting butter lamps, giving alms to the needy, circumambulating or reading about sacred sites, making aspiration prayers, and engaging in meditation practices.

This month, Samye Institute invited our Sangha to meditate collectively during this auspicious time. Some of our community chose to recall the kindness of the Buddha of our age through practicing the Treasury of Blessings sādhana, composed by Mipham Rinpoche. You can find visualization aids to support your practice in our chant library.

We’re proud to announce that collectively, Samye’s sangha collectively meditated for over 19 hours on this full moon day. We will be hosting more “Commit to Sit” events on other auspicious days. We hope to see you soon!

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