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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. 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!


Please click on the links above to access the PDF texts for the practices.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend.

After registering, an email receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. A login link for Zoom will be on the receipt. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

If you have questions about Zoom or on how to access the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration / Support the Center

Open donation. 

Your generosity makes it possible for us to share the Dharma and continue working together for the benefit of all sentient beings. 

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If the registration above didn’t work for you, please try this alternative page or email [email protected] for assistance.

Support the Sangha

Along with FPMT Centers globally, Shantideva Center makes 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 Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund.

Prayer Requests

You are welcome to request a dedication for yourself or someone else. Please email by July 23 to [email protected] and indicate “Chokhor Duchen Prayers” in the subject line. 

Dana for the Teacher

Shantideva Center makes offerings to all of our teachers using the funds collected through registration. You can give additional support to the teacher and create a stronger karmic connection by offering dana. Please make sure to select the teacher’s name in the dropdown menu. Dana offered is passed entirely to the teacher, but please note that it is not tax-deductible.

About the Leader

Venerable Amy MillerVenerable Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Venerable Choden Rinpoche. She has previously directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at

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