"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” - Buddha
From the moment we have come in this world- we live with one wish in our minds- We should be happy with no pains at all. It’s not just us but everyone in this world wishes this. Every creature, from a small insect to a human being, be it an ant or an elephant. This is what Buddhism teaches us. The path of happiness and peace, Buddhism has not only changed many lives but has completely transformed persons into individuals of happiness all around.
Practices in Buddhism have been always the path of life. And to celebrate this spirit, the day when these inspiring and cheerful events were started, was the day when the Buddha started teaching these encouraging things to make us peaceful enough in this world.
Dhamma Day – the day which marked the beginning of a whole new era.
Buddhists celebrating this day with the cheerful mood, the day when Buddha not only helped the mankind to get free from all the shackles of the world but also giving them a direction to help them reflect on the qualities and happiness they have in them.
Historical Importance of Dhamma Day being celebrated
The Buddha- Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, who once lived as a wealthy prince with all the trials and tribulations, discovered the realities of life which never confines us to the happiness and peace that one should have. He discovered the realisms of the world around us and met with his quest to discover enlightenment and wisdom. To understand the realities of the world around us, he gave up all the wealth he had along with his family.
The wheel of Dharma was initiated Buddha when he rejoined his companions at Sarnath. He begin to start sharing experiences and thus the day which is being celebrated marks a very important day. The truth, worries, all the realisms of the life- had to be dealt. Especially dukkha –difficulty. Preaching the teachings of him was mainly focused on how dukkha can be dealt with.
On Asalhapuja Day, all the followers flock to the temple early in the morning.
After perceiving the five precepts, they listen to a reading in Thai and English. Along with serving food to monks, they also meditate and can also take part in many other activities of Buddhism.
Circumambulation i.e., a three time circulation around the main temple is also one of the gesture to show your faith and honestly in following the Buddha path of life.
Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta is also chanted by the respected monks in the afternoon along with the Sutta reading. Sutta was the first ever sermon by Buddha.
Dhamma day is the best day to honor the sermons of Lord Buddha.
With this day which is celebrated, here are the first sermons by Buddha-
Buddha’s first discourse
- The Noble Truth of Dukkha
- The Noble Truth of the Origin of Dukkha
- The Noble Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha
- The Noble Truth of the Way Leading to the Cessation of Dukkha