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Since ‘Saka Dawa’ or the current fourth month according to Tibetan lunar calendar is considered very holy by Tibetan Buddhists, Kunsang Dolma interviewed Khenpo Gawang, resident teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, on the significance of Saka Dawa. Khenpo Gawang says Saka Dawa is very important for Tibetan Buddhists because three very important events fall on the 15th day of this month: Lord Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment, and death. Therefore, Buddhist consider this month as a whole and in particular the 15th as the holiest day. Hence practitioners try to accumulate more merits by offering donations to the poor and needy, and abstaining from nonvirtuous activities.