July 27 is Chokhor Duchen, which is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar and marks the occasion of Buddha’s first teaching. Specific advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for practices to do on Buddha Multiplying Days such as Chokhor Duchen can be found here.
As merit is multiplied 100 million times on this holy day, it would be an excellent opportunity to follow Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme’s advice that students of Lama Zopa Rinpoche offer recitations of the Vajra Cutter Sutra and Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha (Tendrel Topa) for Rinpoche’s long life.
Chokhor Duchen is also the day on which FPMT celebrates International Sangha Day!
Here are some suggested ways you can celebrate monastics on International Sangha Day:
- Recite The Sutra for Remembering the Three Jewels
- Show respect for and appreciation of the Sangha
- Generate deeper awareness of the Sangha Jewel
- Donate to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund
We rejoice in all of the meritorious activities happening around the world on this auspicious Buddha Multiplying Day!
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