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Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary upon which Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. After this period, Indra and Brahma offered a dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested Shakyamuni to teach. Accepting, Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time in Sarnath, India by teaching on the Four Noble Truths.  It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this day, such as making offerings, reciting mantras, doing pujas and being kind and compassionate to the beings we share this world with.

Lama Chopa (Offering to the Spiritual Guide) is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist puja where we make prayers and offerings to all the teachers and Lamas of our tradition beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha and extending to our present teachers and Lamas who have shown us the spiritual path.

We request the Spiritual Guides to bless our minds with the same realisations that they themselves have cultivated. By offering sincere, heartfelt requests our minds can receive the full blessings of this precious Tibetan Buddhist lineage and quickly actualise the realisations of the path.

Feel free to bring offerings for the shrine (for example biscuits, fruit, flowers) .

All welcome, community members old and new, Buddhists and non-Buddhists!

Suggested donation £3.