Friday, Aug 5

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. 

See more about merit multiplying days here.

We will be reciting the Sutra of Golden Light. Starting at 5pm in the main gompa on Friday, Aug 5, 2016 (observed, according to the Indian date)

Read about the Sutra of Golden Light below to get inspired, either to join us in the recitation or to read it on your own at home. The Sutra of Golden Light is available for download in various languages.

About the Sutra of Golden Light, from FPMT website:
This “King of Glorious Sutras,” contains everything needed, from daily happiness to complete Enlightenment. It contains a heart-rending practice of confession and rejoicing, profound teachings on dependent arising, reliable assurances of protection, guidelines for ideal government, and awe-inspiring stories of the Buddha’s previous lives, in which the Buddha shows how, even before he had completely eliminated the delusions, he liberated countless beings from the ocean of suffering through compassion and personal courage. The Sutra of Golden Light moves us to do what has to be done and clearly describes the result.

To these sentient beings
I shall reveal this sutra called Sublime Golden Light,
which rids one of every harmful misdeed, and expounds upon the profound.

Benefits of the Sutra of Golden Light
Lama Zopa Rinpoche urges us to recite the Sutra of Golden Light every day. The benefits from reciting, listening to, or even hearing the name of the sutra are immeasurable, from eliminating conflict, terrorism, torture and famine to achieving full enlightenment.

This sutra is inconceivable,
For its ocean of virtue is without end;
It frees every being
From countless oceans of suffering.

For beings without merit,
The store of their merit
Will grow into a limitless,
incalculable, inconceivable mass.

 

Date(s): Friday, Aug 5
Times: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Steve Carlier
Type of event: special event
Number of sessions: 1
Level: All levels
Participation: Are are welcome
Location: Main Gompa
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