Yesterday, we celebrated Chotrul Düchen, The Display of Miracles.
Chotrul Duchen, one of the four great deeds of the Buddha, is celebrated on the last of fifteen days at the start of the Tibetan New Year in observance of the Buddha’s performance of miracles to help increase the merit of countless sentient beings, liberating them from samsara, as well as helping them to engage in virtuous activities. It is believed that the merit accumulated during the first fifteen days of the New Year is multiplied immensely (cited from this link).
As Jikmé Lingpa said:
Through the magical power of your miracles in Shravasti,You rendered speechless the tirthika teachers who,With all their analysis and research, drunk on the wine of indulgence, had become oppressive in the extreme.In the final contest they were humbled, their prestige all drained away,As you triumphed through 'the four bases of miraculous powers'. (cited from this link)
At Lerab Ling, we were in the midst of a Tendrel Nyesel Drupchö, and so, our usual day of ten hours of practice, as part of this 7 day practice intensive, was bolstered with even more prayers of auspiciousness, especially related to the Buddha. These prayers and practices included reciting the Bodhisattva Vow, the Sutra of the Three Heaps and Zangchö Monlam, Samantabhadras' Aspiration to Good Actions.
At the conclusion of such a marvelous day of practice, it came as a wonderful surprise then, to hear the news that Tenpa, Marion and Francois would receive their ordination today, the 1st of March. And, as I write this, though we have not heard from them yet, it feels that certainly another kind of miracle has taken place. I'm sure they will grace us with their news as soon as they have a chance to sit down and share everything!