Friday, July 21
Chokhor Duchen (First Turning of the Wheel)
Chokhor Duchen, one of the four annual holy days of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, takes place this year on July 21. On these days, the power of any meritorious action is said to multiplied by 100 million.
Known in English as “Wheel-Turning Day”, Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching. It is said that for seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. Afterward, Indra and Brahma offered a dharmachakra and a conch shell, and requested Guru Shakyamuni Buddha to teach. Accepting, Guru Shakyamuni Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath in his teaching on the four noble truths.
To commemorate this day please join us for a short talk on the role of the ordained Sangha and Shakyamuni Buddha Puja at Maitripa College. All are welcome but please register below to let us know you are coming: