The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, Chokhor Duchen, is an important holiday in which Buddhist honor the day that the Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the Four Noble Truths ( See list below.) in Sarnath, India, and first turned the Wheel of the Dharma after attaining enlightenment.
This year, 2023, we at Vajrayana Foundation will celebrate streaming live from Pema Osel Ling on Friday, July 21st 8am Pacific with Buddha Puja and Tsog. Please join us using this link. If you would like to make offerings for our teachers, for Tsok, Butter Lamps, general support, or Special Projects,please use this link.
The Four Noble Truthsare the foundational tenets of Buddhism, which spark awareness of suffering as the nature of existence, its cause, and how to live without it. The truths are understood as the realization which led to the enlightenment of Buddha and were the basis of his teachings.
The Four Noble Truths are:
The Truth of Suffering
The Truth of the Cause of Suffering
The Truth of Freedom from Suffering
The Truth of the Way to Eliminate Suffering
The path alluded to in the fourth truth is The Eightfold Path which serves as both a guide on the road to non-attachment and the road itself. The precepts both inform a traveler on how to proceed and provide the way through spiritual discipline. The eight precepts are:
By recognizing the Four Noble Truths and following the Eightfold Path, a person could find release from craving and attachment to the things of the world and liberate oneself from the endless cycle of suffering experienced through rebirth and death. The Truths and the Path are given varying levels of significance by different Buddhist schools in the present day but remain foundational aspects of the faith in all of them.
One of the most holy days in the Buddhist calendar is Chotrul Duchen, which occurs on first full moon (this year, 2023 is March 7th), of the Tibetan new year, and celebrates the fifteen Days of Miracles when Buddha Shakyamuni displayed different miracles to inspire disciples to practice the Dharma and achieve enlightenment. At Pema Osel Ling, we will light butter lamps, offer tsok, and do Buddha Puja each morning of the new year Year of the Water Rabbit in celebration and culminates on the full moon.
During these fifteen days of miracles all karmic results ~ good and bad ~ are considered to be multiplied by millions. Advice for this time is to make butterlamp offerings, sponsor tsok or puja, make offerings to virtuous activities such as the Red Dorje Drolo Mandala Project. Follow this link to make offerings~~~> https://www.vajrayana.org/pema-osel-ling-offerings/
Follow our Facebook Story posts to read each of Buddha Shakyamuni’s 15 Miracles posting each day from February 21st to March 7th, Full Moon Day.