A Birthday for the Dharma – Chokhor Duchen

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Chokhor Duchen…. Though it may sound like it, Chokhor Duchen is not a Klingon expletive or a Rastafarian ritual. It is, in fact, a major Buddhist holiday that commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon and the teaching of the Four Noble Truths. It’s a celebration of a new beginning. With traditional western holidays so laden with cultural and commercial baggage, there’s something refreshing about learning about an foreign and unfamiliar holiday.  It’s especially poignant that we can celebrate the birthday of the Dharma free from the clutter of pomp, guilt, and…read more