On 08 July 2008 it was Asanha Bucha Day. The Buddhist Lent starts on the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month. Asanha Bucha also anticipates Kao Pansa, the three-month period of Buddhist penitence and fasting.
It marks the anniversary of the day, on which the Buddha delivered the First Sermon called “the Dhammachakapavattana Sutta” to his first disciples more than two thousand five hundred years ago.
In the Buddha’s first sermon, there are mainly four great truths which lead to Nirvana and are the foundation doctrines of Buddhism.
One of the Buddha’s first disciples asked to be a monk. Therefore, the day also
marks the beginning of the worship of the Triple Gems. That is, this day is sacred because it
deals with the Lord Buddha (Buddha), His Teachings (Dharma), and His Disciples (Sangha).
Asanha Bucha Day is followed by the Buddhist Lent Day, which is known as Wan Kao Pansa. In this holy day, Buddhists all over the country make offerings to the monks, listen to the sermons, perform ritual prayers and join a candle procession around the temple.
The Rachayatanabanpot Temple (Wat Ton-kate) has arranged the ceremony of Buddhism Day in the evening. Many people came to lissen to Abbot Prakru Wisarn-samathiwat's sermon. After prayers have finished inside the temple, Abbot, the priests and people came out and have started to walk three times around the temple.
The same day in the evening HM Queen Sirikit went to Klaikangvon Temple to mark Asanha Bucha Day. There were many people who came to welcome the Queen before her entry in the temple.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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