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Asalha Puja

Post by DNS » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:51 pm

Year 2019 date: July 16th

Asalha Puja (known as Asanha Bucha in Thailand, Thai: อาสาฬหบูชา) is a Theravada Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the full moon of the month of Āsādha. It is celebrated in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar and in countries with Theravada Buddhist populations. Asalha Puja, also known as Dhamma Day, is one of Theravada Buddhism's most important festivals, celebrating as it does the Buddha's first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment. This first pivotal sermon, often referred to as “setting into motion the wheel of dhamma,” is the teaching which is encapsulated for Buddhists in the four noble truths: there is suffering (dukkha); suffering is caused by craving (tanha); there is a state (nibbana) beyond suffering and craving; and finally, the way to nirvana is via the eightfold path. All the various schools and traditions of Buddhism revolve around the central doctrine of the four noble truths.

This first sermon is not only the first structured discourse given by the Buddha after his enlightenment, it also contains the essence of all his subsequent teaching. At the end of the talk, one of the five participants recounted his understanding of what had been said and asked to be received as a disciple, a request the Buddha granted, thus establishing the first order of monks.

The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. The following day is known in Thailand as Thai: วันเข้าพรรษา Wan Khao Phansa; it is the first day of Thai: พรรษา vassa, the Theravada rains retreat.

In Indonesia, this festival is centered at Mendut Temple, near Borobudur.

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Post by Idappaccayata » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:50 am

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I've been doing the 8 precepts once per week and just realized tomorrow was the asahla puja.
A dying man can only rely upon his wisdom, if he developed it. Wisdom is not dependent upon any phenomenon originated upon six senses. It is developed on the basis of the discernment of the same. That’s why when one’s senses start to wither and die, the knowledge of their nature remains unaffected. When there is no wisdom, there will be despair, in the face of death.

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:08 am

Observing and Practicing ...

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Re: Asalha Puja

Post by thomaslaw » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:27 am

According to SN 6.1 (in Brahma Samyutta of SN), it shows that just after the Buddha becomes fully enlightened, he considers whether it would be better for him not to teach others the Dhamma he has discovered. He regards the Dhamma he has discovered as profound, hard to see and understand for those who delight in ālaya. The Dhamma indicated in the discourse refers to both conditioned arising (paṭiccasamuppāda) and Nirvāṇa/Nibbāna.

Brahmā Sahāṃpati, at that time, knowing the thoughts of the Buddha, comes to request him to teach the Dhamma to the world. The Buddha accepts the Brahmā’s request, out of compassion for the world.

According to this story, the Buddha thus presented his first sermon: The Dhamma day.

The Chinese version is found in EA 19.1 (Ekottarikāgama) (See Choong Mun-keat, pp. 187-8, in "A Comparison of the Pāli and Chinese Versions of the Brahma Saṃyutta, a Collection of Early Buddhist Discourses on Brahmās, the Exalted Gods", Buddhist Studies Review, v. 31.2, pp. 179-194 (2014))

So, the Brahma, regarded as a protector of teachings (dharmapala), may be relevant to the Dhamma day. :meditate:

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Re: Asalha Puja

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:49 am

thomaslaw wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:27 am
According to SN 6.1 (in Brahma Samyutta of SN), it shows that just after the Buddha becomes fully enlightened, he considers whether it would be better for him not to teach others the Dhamma he has discovered. He regards the Dhamma he has discovered as profound, hard to see and understand for those who delight in ālaya. The Dhamma indicated in the discourse refers to both conditioned arising (paṭiccasamuppāda) and Nirvāṇa/Nibbāna.

Brahmā Sahāṃpati, at that time, knowing the thoughts of the Buddha, comes to request him to teach the Dhamma to the world. The Buddha accepts the Brahmā’s request, out of compassion for the world.

According to this story, the Buddha thus presented his first sermon: The Dhamma day.

The Chinese version is found in EA 19.1 (Ekottarikāgama) (See Choong Mun-keat, pp. 187-8, in "A Comparison of the Pāli and Chinese Versions of the Brahma Saṃyutta, a Collection of Early Buddhist Discourses on Brahmās, the Exalted Gods", Buddhist Studies Review, v. 31.2, pp. 179-194 (2014))

So, the Brahma, regarded as a protector of teachings (dharmapala), may be relevant to the Dhamma day. :meditate:
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