Practicing on Chökhor Düchen: Reflecting and rejoicing
On the auspicious day of Chökhor Düchen, we remember the first turning of the Dharma Wheel. As followers of the Buddha, we joyfully recall this major event. Also, we take time to reflect upon these teachings and rejoice in the merit of enlightened activity.
Thus, Buddhist followers celebrate this day with practice and reflection. Many pilgrims visit the Isipatana site in India to reflect on this occasion. But, even if we are far away, we can also celebrate by gathering together to practice the dharma, make offerings and contemplate the teachings of the Buddha. And we can joyfully recite and remember teachings on the four noble truths and the eightfold path. Reading Dharma passages is a wonderful way to celebrate this important day!
Now in 2017, we celebrate the festival on July 27th. This auspicious day is a 1oo-million merit multiplying opportunity. So, please take the time to practice well! You can join together with your sangha family, support the sangha and its activities through generosity, and show compassion to all sentient beings without exception. We can all join in making offerings and also in making pure aspirations for the Dharma to continue to flourish!