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Mon, August 01, 2022




Chokhor Duchen: First Turning of Wheel of Dharma



Chokhor Duchen is a “Buddha Day” when the power of any meritorious action is multiplied by 100 million, as taught in the vinaya text "Treasure of Quotations and Logic". Known in English as “Turning the Wheel of Dharma,” Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching. It is said that for seven weeks after His enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. Afterward, Indra and Brahma offered a Dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested Guru Shakyamuni Buddha to teach. Accepting, Guru Shakyamuni Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath by teaching the Four Noble Truths.