1st Turning of the Dharma Wheel (Chokhor Duchen)

First Turning of the Wheel

Sun, 4 August, 2019
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Escarpments Estate (formerly Katoomba Golf Club)


Chokhur Duchen is one of the four high holy days of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, on which the merit of any positive action is vastly multiplied. It commemorates the Buddha’s First Teaching (Turning the Wheel of Dharma).

Throughout the FPMT it is also International Sangha Day. The Sangha, by taking vows of renunciation, living in morality and focusing on the Dharma are an integral part of maintaining the living continuity of the Buddha’s teachings. If we want to preserve the Dharma and the Sangha we need monastic communities and monastic training. International Sangha Day provides an opportunity for the lay and monastic communities to come together in recognition of our interdependence and acknowledge the ways in which we rely on each other for our practice of the Dharma.

10:30 Recitation of the Golden Light Sutra and the Four Noble Truths Sutra

12:30 Community lunch, so we can celebrate together in our beautiful new setting overlooking the old golf course. Please bring a plate to share. (Practical note: we have no oven, so either a cold dish or one already warm is best.)

5:00 Shakyamuni Buddha Puja with extensive light offerings, followed by mantra recitation and reading from the Kangyur.

Can’t make it at all on the day? Consider donating to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund instead.