Today is ལྷ་བབས་དུས་ཆེན་ Lha Bab Düchen: Anniversary when Shakyamuni Buddha returned to Earth from Trāyastriṃśa (Heaven of the Thirty-Three)

Today is Lha bab Düchen, one of the four Great Occasions commemorating events in the life of the Buddha.

Lhabab Duchen celebrates Buddha’s descent from “The Heaven of Thirty-Three” back to earth.

Buddha had left for “The Heaven Of Thirty-Three” (Trayastrimsa) at the age of 41, in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in that desire realm, and to repay the kindness of his mother by teaching her and liberating her from Samsara.

Maudgalyāyana requested that the Buddha return to earth, and after a long debate under a Full Moon the Buddha agreed.

The Buddha returned to earth a week later by a special triple ladder prepared by Vishwakarma, the god of machines, in an event considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha.

On Lha bab 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.

Buddha in Suburbia (Full Documentary)

Buddha in Suburbia tracks the extraordinary journey of 40 year old Lelung Rinpoche, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s three principal reincarnations, as he sets out to gather the lost teachings of his faith and to attempt a return to his homeland.

For the past seven years, Lelung Rinpoche has been living in Ruislip North London, in the garden shed of one of his students. He runs a dharma or teaching centre locally, attended by British followers. Now a British passport holder, he embarks on a mission to find previous Lelungs’ teachings, and the teachers who hold the key to unlocking their secrets. His odyssey takes him to India, Mongolia and China as he tries to find a way of getting back home to Tibet. He meets some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most senior teachers, including the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile.

Lelung is a young, modern lama, with relationships with many across the globe from teenagers in Rusilip to the Dalai Lama. The film includes an interview with Tibetan Buddhist expert Professor Robert Thurman, father of Uma Thurman. Lelung Rinpoche has a daunting task to complete on his quest to recover lost teachings before they disappear, and to try to take the right steps on his own path towards enlightenment.