Thursday, 13th November 20014 it is the last ‘Buddha Day’ of the year, and a multiplied karma day, when the effect and merit of actions, thoughts. and words are multiplied by 100,000,000! Be mindful throughout the day. Lha-bab Duchen is one of the most important days in the Buddhist calendar. This 22nd day of the 9th Tibetan month sees the celebration of Buddha’s return to earth after three months and seven days of dharma teaching to his mother in the realm of the 33, the sphere of the Deva’s. So that his mother could be liberated from Samsara, and to repay her kindness, is an act considered to be one Buddha’s eight ‘great deeds’.
From the heavenly
bliss realms, Buddha Shakyamuni returned to Earth to continue teaching
dharma via a triple ladder made by Vishvakarma, the Hindu god of
architecture and machines. Built from gold, crystal, and Lapis Lazuli,
the ladder stretched all the way from Mount Meru. At the appointed hour
(on the last quarter moon) on the right-hand golden ladder appeared the
all-powerful, all-seeing Bramha, with the fine form deities; on the
left-hand crystal ladder came Dorje wielding Indra, with the Lords of
the sensual worlds; while Buddha descended via the central Lapis Lazuli
ladder, representing the middle path, as well as an intimate relation
with the realms of meditation, infinite space and infinite
consciousness; thus bringing heaven to earth, illustrating how to
overcome the duality of form and formlessness.
Many thanks to RigpaWiki for image of Buddha's descent from the 33 ॐ_/❤\_