Chokhor Duchen is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, which commemorates the first turning of the wheel of Dharma. Any actions done on this day, both auspicious and harmful, are magnified in their power. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.
On this auspicious day, we will hold a precepts ceremony, recitation of the Golden Light Sutra, and a Shakyamuni Buddha puja.
Guru Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
A practice of paying homage and making offerings to the Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to purify negative karma, increase qualities, and come under the guidance of the objects of refuge.