Shamatha Day/Chokhor Duchen

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This Saturday our monthly merit making opportunity is multiplied because it is Chokhor Duchen!

What is Chokhor Duchen?

“Cho” means dharma and “khor” means turning as in turning the wheel of dharma. Duchen means great time. This day celebrates the First Turning (first teaching) of the Wheel of Dharma. For the first seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach.  Then, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he gave his first teachings on the Four Noble Truths in the city of Sarnath. Buddha taught that life is suffering and that suffering is unavoidable. Suffering is caused by afflicting emotions (attachment, anger and ignorance) and the resulting karmic action these produce.  Suffering can end by eliminating these afflicting emotions; and the means to put an end to suffering is called the Eightfold Path (right view, intention, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration).


This day celebrates these First Turning Teachings which laid the ground for the entire Buddhist teachings and path.


path_meditation.pngLooking to deepen your meditation practice?  Please join us for our Shamatha Day.

All are welcome.


We will sit from 10 AM to noon. It is not necessary to attend for the entire block of time. We will intersperse the sitting meditation blocks with walking meditation. This format with longer sitting sessions and silence during our break is designed to help the peace and stillness of sitting meditation permeate and deepen our experience. Feel free to come and go according to your schedule.

At lunchtime (noon to 1:30 PM) we will have a sangha organizing meeting.  All are welcome to attend.

Free meditation instruction is available on request. Please email Susan at if you would like instruction.


Nalandabodhi CT

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