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Resounding the Dharma

RESOUNDING THE DHARMA  
Celebrating the first turning of the wheel of Dharma  Thursday 27 July. See below for session details

27th July is Chökhor Düchen, the anniversary of Buddha’s first turning of the wheel of dharma (his first teaching).

 Here at Gomde Lindholme Hall, for the first time, we will celebrate this event by ‘resounding the dharma’. As many of you may know, in 2010 the landmark 84000 project with its mission to translate the entire existing canon of Buddha’s words into English was begun. As a result of the hard work and contributions of so many people, already several dozen precious sutras and other texts have been translated and released online.

 About Resounding the Dharma
In many Buddhist countries, and in particular in Tibet, there is a tradition of a group of practitioners resounding (reading out aloud) the entire collection of the words of the Buddha. As 84000 explains:

 

Traditionally, a resounding involves monastics reading out loud the entire Kangyur, the written record of the spoken words of the Buddha, over the course of weeks or months. Each monastic reads aloud a specific volume, sūtra, or section of a sūtra as their fellow participants read aloud a specific text or segment—resulting in a clamorous jumble of holy words. The idea behind this Buddhist practice is that it serves as a means of becoming acquainted with the speech of the Buddha, which, in the words of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, is “really like getting acquainted with the Buddha in a way that is direct, raw, and live…” Furthermore, the sound of the Buddha’s words is said to benefit all those beings who have the good fortune of hearing them.... (click here to read more)

 

And as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche explained during a global resounding earlier this year:

 

"...each line, each verse, each word [of these texts] has profound meaning that really brings us closer and closer to the truth....  The longevity and prosperity of the dharma [Buddha’s teaching] is of utmost importance. In order to keep the dharma alive, the dharma needs to be practiced; the dharma needs to be contemplated; and we need to read, hear, and get acquainted with the dharma. And, to do that, again and again, we need to get in touch with the dharma. And one of the most effective ways to get in touch with the dharma is by reading and hearing the words of the dharma. I hope and I have the aspiration that we, the followers of the Buddha, will continue to read, contemplate, and then practice the dharma, which is like nectar that can quench our thirst and release us from all kinds of suffering...."

 

Resounding at Gomde Lindholme Hall
We thought there could be no better way to celebrate the occasion of Buddha’s Turning of the Wheel of Dharma than to gather together and resound the precious teachings that are now available in English thanks to 84000. We will prepare printed copies of the texts and we invite everyone to join us on this special day.  

Schedule:
We will hold five sessions on the 27th starting around 9am and finishing in the evening.

7-8 am Group Practice
9.15-10.30 Resounding in the meditation hall
11.00- 12.15 Resounding in the meditation hall
12.30- 1.30  Lunch
2 - 3.15pm   Resounding in the meditation hall
3.45 - 5 pm  Resounding in the meditation hall
5.30pm         Supper
7 - 8 pm       Resounding in themediation hall

Tea and coffee will be available in the breaks. If you would like to join us for lunch you are most welcome, but please let us know in advance!

Join in- from home 
If you cannot join our group sessions at Gomde, you are welcome to join in spirit by holding your own session at home. The benefit will be just as great!
We can provide access to on line sutras please contact national@gomde.org.uk 

Contributions from afar
If you cannot attend but would nevertheless like to connect with this wonderful occasion and all of the merit it creates, you are welcome to make a donation to the resounding at Gomde. All donations made will go towards our Temple Project. To read more about this pioneering project, please click here.

 We look forward to seeing you on this special day and aspire that this will be the first of many such days of resounding the Buddha’s blessed words here at Gomde Lindholme Hall!