Celebrating the Turning of the Wheel of Dharma
Forty-nine days after the Buddha attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he gave his first teaching in the Deer Park near Varanasi. Tibetan Buddhists celebrate this event—known as Chokor Duchen—on the fourth day of the sixth lunar month, which this year falls on July 14. Ven. Sangye Khadro will give a talk explaining the significance of this event and a brief explanation of the main points the Buddha spoke of in his first teaching: the four truths of noble ones (aryas), and the eightfold path.
Originally from California, Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro) began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. At the request of her teachers, she began teaching in 1980, and since then has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in various countries around the world, occasionally taking time off for personal retreats. She served as resident teacher in Buddha House, Australia, for two years and in Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for eleven years. From 2008-2015 she followed and graduated from the Masters Program at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. She is currently a faculty member of the Human Spirit Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Israel, and was the resident teacher at the Center for Wisdom and Compassion in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2016-2018. She is the author of two books, How to Meditate and Awakening the Kind Heart.