Celebrate Chökhor Düchen – Saturday, July 6, 10-12

On Saturday, July 6, we’ll celebrate Chökhor Düchen, a significant Buddhist holiday and one of the four Düchens or “major anniversaries.” Lama Rabten will teach on the Four Noble Truths from 10 to 11am, followed by prayers in Tibetan (11-12).

The Düchens present a wonderful opportunity to come together to practice as a community. On this particular holiday, we celebrate the Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma (his first teaching after attaining enlightenment). 

According to tradition, for the first seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Then, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths at the Deer Park in Sarnath. Buddha taught the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering, and the truth of the path of liberation.

Come join us for a celebration of these First Turning Teachings, which laid the ground for the entire Buddhist teachings and path. 

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Garden of Loving Kindness.

Lama Rabten

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