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Chökhor Düchen Celebrating the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel
Traditional texts explain that after the Buddha realized awakening beneath the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, he spent seven weeks at that spot in a series of contemplations. First, he was reluctant to teach, fearing that people would not understand his message. But, he was convinced by the gods Indra and Brahmā to share his discovery of truth. Then, the texts tell us that the Buddha journeyed to the Deer Park at Isipatana, now known as Sarnath. And there he turned the wheel of the Dharma for the group of 5 companions with whom he had previously practiced austerities.
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