Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’

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August 6th, 2016

43_49_1c0a7abc1d89391Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’. It occurs on the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Finally, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at Sarnath, by teaching the ‘Four Noble Truths’.

The Rime Center will be hosting a series of Shakyamuni Buddha Pujas and open meditation sessions as an opportunity for you to come in and meditate throughout the day at your own pace and time limit. Continue reading

The Four Immeasurables and Mind and Consciousness

Dharma talk given by Geshe Lobsang Tseten of the Drepung Gomang Monastery of South India June 12, 2016.  

Geshe Tseten led one of the earliest US Sacred Arts Tours in 2001. He visited in France 2004 and 2005, Japan in 2005 and 2006, and Australia 2010. He led the year long US Sacred Arts Tour in 2013. In 2014, he headed the Sacred Arts Tour to Russia. He most recently held the position as Discipline Master at the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

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Mahayana Sutra Studies

Around one hundred Mahāyāna sūtras survive in Sanskrit or Tibetan translations. Mahāyāna sūtras are passed down as the legacy of Gautama Buddha: early versions were not written documents but orally preserved teachings said to be verses that were committed to memory and recited by his disciples, in particular Ananda, which were viewed as a substitute for the actual speech of the Buddha following his death. We will study these rich Buddhist teachings. Continue reading