When: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 12:00 – 13:00 pm EDT
This day celebrates Buddha’s first turning of the wheel of Dharma (Tib. Chokhor Duchen). When the Buddha achieved full awakening he did not at first teach others. After seven weeks the gods Indra and Brahma offered to the Buddha a Dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested and encouraged the Awakened One to teach to others what he had accomplished. Buddha Shakyamuni then turned the Wheel of Dharma at Sarnath with the teaching of the Four Noble Truths.
On this day, Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends reciting the Sutra for Remembering the Three Jewels. It is our good fortune that Geshe Sonam will give the oral transmission of this sutra online on this day this year. Zoom Link here.
Chokhor Duchen also commemorates FPMT’s International Sangha Day! Here is how you can celebrate the Sangha Jewel: