CELEBRATING THE BUDDHA’S FIRST TEACHING
WITH VENERABLE AMY MILLER
MONDAY, July 16 FROM 6PM TO 8:30PM
“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.
Ven. Amy Miller will lead us in the practices on this day.
DATE AND TIME (You may come for all or part of the session)
Monday, July 16 from 6pm to 8:30pm
6:00-6:30 Verses of the 8 Noble Auspicious Ones, Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha and Mantra, recitation of the Sutra Remembering Three Jewels
6:30-7:00 Recitation of the Four Noble Truths Sutra
7:00-7:30 Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas
7:30-8:30pm Guru Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
(PLEASE NOTE: We will not have paper copies of the Sutra Remembering Three Jewels and the Four Noble Truths Sutra. Please download and print (click on the links above) or bring them on your electronic device. Thank you!)
Note: Pre-registration is not required.
DONATIONS & 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.
Click here to contribute to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund. To make an offering to Shantideva Center, please register (although you don’t need to attend) and select the appropriate offering amount from the options provided.
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.