Drukpa Tshe-zi is one of most auspicious and significant occasion for Buddhists all over the world. This auspicious day falls on the 4th day (Tshe-zi) of the 6th month (Drukpa) of the Importance of Drukpa Tshe-zi Tibetan lunar calendar. It marks the day on which Lord Buddha gave his first sermon on the Four Noble Truths to his first five disciples in the Deer Park at Sarnath, more than 2500 years ago, after attaining enlightenment.
The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings. The truths are:
The first Noble Truth is the Truth of the Cause of Suffering (Dukkha).
The second Noble Truth is the Truth of the Origin of Suffering (Samudaya).
The third Noble Truth is the Truth of the End of Suffering (Nirhodha) or the Realisation of “Nirvana” and
The fourth Noble Truth is the Truth of the Path that leads to the end of Suffering (Magga/Marga), which eventually leads to Nirvana.
Thus, the four Noble Truths provides a complete explanation of human suffering, as well as a process of a path that leads to happiness, inner peace and compassion.
In Sikkim, the festival is observed with much traditional and religious fervour to offer prayers to Lord Buddha for turning the wheel of Dharma. The monasteries across the State hold prayers and religious ceremonies while the devotees and pilgrims visit monasteries and sacred holy places to offer prayers, light butter lamps for the well being of all sentient beings.
The Government of Sikkim has notified this day as a government holiday to honour the importance and significance of this day.