Chokhor Duchen, also known as the Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar. It commemorates the anniversary upon which Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. It is also International Sangha Day. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Chokhor Duchen on Mon 16 Jul 2018:
- 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
- 12noon Set-up of tables and water bowls and purification of the bowls
- 1pm Filling of water bowls
- 7.30pm Light Offering followed by a Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
Offering of food, flowers are welcome at the puja.