Sunday, August 4
Chokhor Duchen: Celebrating the Buddha’s First Teaching
“This is the best and most exciting time; whatever practice or virtue we do, the merit is increased 100 million times.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Chokhor Duchen is an auspicious day that commemorates when Lord Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. Karmic results (both positive and negative) are multiplied by one hundred million during this period, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text, Treasure of Quotations and Logic. Join us in making this special time most beneficial for all sentient beings.
Chokhor Duchen also marks FPMT’s International Sangha Day and provides an opportunity for the lay and monastic communities to come together in recognition of our interdependence. It is especially meritorious to make offerings to our teachers and the sangha on this holy day.
DATE AND TIME
Sunday, August 4:
1:00 – 2:00 pm Verses of the 8 Noble Auspicious Ones, Practices of Arya Sitatapatra, Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha, Sutra Remembering the Three Jewels, Four Noble Truths Sutta (Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta)
2:00 – 2:30 Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas
2:30 – 3:30 Guru Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIP
Along with FPMT Centers globally, Shantideva Center has offered our annual contribution to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund, which supports monks and nuns with accommodation, food, medical care, and access to teachings.
On this merit-multiplying occasion, we invite you to make an offering to the fund or to Shantideva Center. Your generosity makes it possible for us to share the Dharma and continue working together for the benefit of all sentient beings.
If you would like to request a dedication for yourself or someone else who might benefit from this practice, please email [email protected] and indicate “Chokhor Duchen Prayers” in the subject line. Please provide a 24-hour notice for prayer requests.
Today, just like any other day, is a perfect opportunity to engage more earnestly in one’s practice. May the Buddha Dharma flourish and spread forth to all sentient beings in the 10 directions!