Special days

At Geyje Norling Monastery we hold celebrations for all major Dharma days along the Tibetan calendar:

Losar | Month 1 · Day 1
Losar marks the Tibetan New Year according to the lunar (moon) calendar.

Chotrul Düchen | Month 1 · Day 15
Buddha Sakyamuni showed many special powers during the first fifteen days of the lunar year. For that reason, day 15 is celebrated as Day of Miracles.

Saka Dawa | Month 4 · Day 15
Saka Dawa Düchen remembers Lord Sakyamuni’s birth, Enlightenment and passing into Mahaparinirvana.

Trungkar | Month 5 · Day 5
Birthday of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Fifth day on the fifth month in the Tibetan tradition, it’s also celebrated on July 6th according to the Western calendar.

Chökhor Düchen | Month 6 · Day 4
Celebration of the first ‘turning of the Wheel of Dharma’, Buddha’s first sermon on the Four Noble Truths in Sarnath.

Lhabab Düchen | Month 9 · Day 22
Buddha Sakyamuni’s descending from the ‘Heaven of the 33’ after spending there several days teaching the Dharma to his precious mother, Queen Maya Devi, who was reborn there.


November 1, 2, 3 – Nyung Ne
Silent retreat with fasting devoted to Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion.

November 4, 5, 6, 7 – Torgya
Four day-spanning Monpa festival including cham (ritual dances) for prosperity and Long Life empowerment.