Chokhor Duchen – Wheel Turning Day

First Turning of the Wheel

Fri, 24 July, 2020

Escarpments Estate (formerly Katoomba Golf Club)


Known in English as “Turning the Wheel of Dharma,” Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching, when he turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath by teaching the four noble truths.

It is one of the four annual holy days of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, on which the power of any meritorious action is multiplied by 100 million, as taught in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic

The FPMT also celebrates International Sangha Day on Chokhor Duchen, when the lay and monastic communities to come together in recognition of their interdependence and acknowledge the ways in which they rely on each other for the practice of Dharma. It is the perfect time to make offerings to sangha.

Join us in celebrating:

  • as the sun rises, take the Eight Mahayana Precepts from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche – at home! Details here
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm offering lunch to Geshe Tsundu and Venerable Paldron. Please BYO picnic and join us, suitably distanced, in the grounds or indoors if the weather is inclement.
  • 1:30 – 3pm reciting the Sutra Remembering the Three Jewels, mantras and kora (circumambulation) at the stupa.
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm offering a Guru Shakyamuni Buddha Puja in the gompa. Consider booking as seats in the gompa are covid-limited.

Please stay at home if you have a even hint of a covid symptom