Chokhor Duchen - Extensive Puja

Wed, July 26 (following India time)

Anniversary of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha’s  First Turning of Wheel of Dharma

Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary upon which Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. After this period, Indra and Brahma offered a dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested Shakyamuni to teach. Accepting, Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath by teaching on the Four Noble Truths.  It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day when the effects of any action multiply 100 million times. 

Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja

This year, resident Tibetan monk, Venerable Samten will conduct the Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja (in Tibetan), to take advantage of the merit-multiplying day. This puja, The Wish-granting Sovereign, written by the 5th Dalai Lama, is something that Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised Land of Medicine Buddha to conduct on a regular basis. Booklets will be provided.

Please feel free to attend the whole practice or drop-in at any time.

Bhagavan with equal compassion for all,
Whose name, when merely heard, dispels the suffering of lower realms,
Dispeller of disease and the three poisons:
I prostrate to Medicine Buddha Lapis Light.

Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. Prayers to Medicine Buddha are especially powerful because of the extensive prayers they took to benefit sentient beings. They strongly prayed for the temporal and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings; they vowed that their prayers would be actualized during these times. It is said in the scriptures that in the degenerate times of this eon, such as now, the blessings of the Medicine Buddha becomes more powerful.

See more about merit multiplying days here.

11. Turning the Wheel of Dharma


Date(s): Wed, July 26 (following India time)
Times: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Samten
Type of event: puja
Number of sessions: 1
Level: general
Participation: open to all; drop-ins welcome
Location: Main Gompa
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