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    Dharma Practice

    Calendar150-Year Buddhist Lunar Calendar

    By

    Michael Erlewine

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    A book from

    Startypes.com

    315 Marion AvenueBig Rapids, Michigan 49307

    First published 2008

    2008 Michael Erlewine / StarTypes.com

    ISBN 9781440453632.

    All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced,

    stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by anymeans, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise,

    without the prior permission of the publisher.

    Graphic designs by Michael Erlewine

    Some image elements 2007JupiterImages Corp.

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    This book is dedicated

    to

    Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

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    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Calendar .................................... 7Eclipses .............................................................. 12The Vision of the Eclipse .................................... 13The Lunation Cycle: East and West.................... 14East and West .................................................... 14Gaps in the Clouds ............................................. 14The Thirty Lunar Days ........................................ 15The Four Quarters .............................................. 16Protector Days .................................................... 17Days of Observation ........................................... 17Health and Healing ............................................. 18Purification Days ................................................. 18Insight Moments ................................................. 19Open Channels ................................................... 19East and West .................................................... 20Summary ............................................................ 20The Lunation Cycle ............................................. 22Earth's Aura ........................................................ 22Rainfall ................................................................ 23Thunderstorms and Cosmic Radiation ................ 24The Moon and Geomagnetic Activity .................. 24Polar Cap Absorption (PCA) ............................... 25Solar Sectors ...................................................... 26Solar Magnetic Field ........................................... 27Lunar Variations.................................................. 27Father-line Deities ............................................... 28Solar Flares ........................................................ 28Summary ............................................................ 28Exoteric References ........................................... 29Esoteric References ........................................... 30Lunar Phenomena .............................................. 31Moon Up / Moon Down ....................................... 31The Moon in the Signs ........................................ 31Geographic Latitude ........................................... 32Moon on the Horizon .......................................... 32Gravitational Force ............................................. 32New and Full Moons ........................................... 33The Tidal Vector ................................................. 33Radial component ............................................... 33

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    Horizontal component ......................................... 34East/West horizontal component ........................ 34North/South horizontal component ..................... 34The Declination Cycle ......................................... 34Perigee/Apogee .................................................. 35Lunar Speed ....................................................... 35The Nodal Cycle. ................................................ 35Major Tide-related Phenomena .......................... 35Solar Wind .......................................................... 37Moon In and Moon Out ....................................... 38First Quarter ....................................................... 39Full Moon ............................................................ 40Last Quarter ........................................................ 41Mind Practice ...................................................... 42Sitting and Looking ............................................. 42The Techniques .................................................. 43Sadhanas and Anniversary Practice Dates ........ 44Rituals Practiced on the All Months .................... 45Rituals Practiced on the First Lunar Month ......... 47Rituals Practiced on the Second Lunar Month .... 48Rituals Practiced on the Third Lunar Month ........ 49Rituals Practiced on the Fourth Lunar Month ..... 50Rituals Practiced on the Fifth Lunar Month ......... 51Rituals Practiced on the Sixth Lunar Month ........ 52Rituals Practiced on the Seventh Lunar Month ... 53Rituals Practiced on the Eighth Lunar Month ...... 54Rituals Practiced on the Ninth Lunar Month ....... 55Rituals Practiced on the Tenth Lunar Month ....... 56Rituals Practiced on the Eleventh Lunar Month .. 57Rituals Practiced on the Twelfth Lunar Month .... 58The 150-Year Lunar Tables ................................ 58

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    How to Use This Calendar

    Tibetan practice calendars are based on precise lunar events the

    changing relationship of the Moon relative to the Sun each month. Ifyou are using this calendar for your personal practice, there should beno problem. However, there are certain problems with designing apractice calendar for groups. Let me explain:

    A lunar event (such as the Full Moon) happened at 2:30 AM inRumtek, Sikkim on January 1st, 1991. The same event (same momentin time) simultaneously occurred at 4:00 PM of December 31, 1990for those living at KTD Monastery in New York. Rumtek is 10.5 hoursahead of KTD. Those in Rumtek would be celebrating the event at a

    different time zone, a different day and, in this case, a different year!Still the moment for all would be the same. This is due to the fact thatwe have different time zones around to world. The point of this is that,while we can list the exact time for any person to start a lunar day, it ishard to make a general calendar that will serve all groups and timezones.

    In order to overcome this problem, no attempt has been made in thiscalendar to declare on which calendar date a given lunar day shouldbe celebrated by a group. There is nothing special about any specific

    date for lunar events. They happen when they happen. Instead, weprovide the date and time for all events according to Eastern StandardTime (EST).

    Those of you living in other time zones have only to add or subtractthe difference in hours for your time zone to arrive at the correct timeand date for events in your location. For example, those living in SanFrancisco (Pacific Standard Time) would subtract three house fromthe times listed to get your local standard time. Those in Great Britainwould add five hours, and so forth. It is generally agreed that it is best

    to celebrate a lunar day as close to the time that it begins, as possible.It may not always be possible, like it a lunar day begins at threeoclock in the morning.

    There may be more information here than most of you, at first, require.And there is not room here to explain in detail how to use thisinformation. In brief, the idea is that different times of the lunar cycle(lunar days) are considered appropriate or auspicious for certaintypes of dharma practice. My teacher, Ven. Khenpo Karthar,Rinpoche pointed out that on certain of these days there is great

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    opportunity to observe our minds on that particular day. Setting asidetime for inner observation is the key point here.

    Aside from the New and Full Moon, the major auspicious times are

    the 10th (Daka Day) and 25th (Dakini Day) lunar days of each month.

    This lunar calendar is pretty straight forward and easy to use. Belowis an explanation of each column.

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    Here is a breakdown of a sample line:

    LD WD Date EST KM DM EC K D TF

    01|Mo|1900-01-01 8:52|12|12| | | |91%02|Tu|1900-01-02 6:04|12|12| | | |89%

    LD 01 = Lunar Day (1 to 30)

    WD = Day of Week

    Date 1900-01-01 (Jan. 1, 1900)

    EST 8:42 = 8:52 AM

    KM 12 = 12th Lunar Month (Karmapa style)

    DM 12 = 12th Lunar Month (Dalai Lama style)

    EC = Eclipse (if any)

    K = Tibetan New Year (Karmapa Style)D = Tibetan New Year (Dalai Lama style)

    TF 91% = Tidal Force Percentage

    LD (Lunar Day of Month)

    The lunar month is divided into 30 lunar days, which represent theangular separation of the Moon from the Sun by 12-degreeincrements. In other words, the solunar angle is zero at New Moon

    and the angle from zero to 12-degrees degrees marks the first lunarday, the angle from 12-degrees to 24-degrees is the second lunar day,and so all around the 360-degrees of the lunar cycle.

    WD (Weekday)

    This is the common or standard day of the week, but note that whenthat weekday starts depends on the time zone you are in. Thiscalendar weekdays are listed for EST, Eastern Standard Time.

    Date (Standard Calendar Date)

    This is the common or standard Gregorian calendar date which theentire world uses. Not that this calendar list the date for EST, EasternStandard Time, so take note.

    EST (Time of Event)

    This is the clock ti