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Asalha Pudja 2008

posted Oct 3, 2008, 8:37 AM by Wihara Narasiharama   [ updated Oct 3, 2008, 8:41 AM ]
Asalha Puja is an annual ceremony to pay homage to the Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (approximately July). It commemorates the Buddha's first teaching: the turning of the wheel of the Dhamma (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta) to the five ascetics at the Deer Park (Sarnath) near Benares city, India. It also commemorates the attainment of the first level of enlightenment (Sotapanna) by one of the five ascetics, Kondanna. This year, we observed the day on July 20th, 2008.