Asalha Puja Day / Dharma Day
Asalha Puja Day, also called Dhamma Day or Dharma Day, is observed by Theravada Buddhists to commemorate Buddha's first sermon, the Sermon in the Deer Park". This is the first noted pivotal sermon that set into motion the wheel of dharma and the teaching of the four noble truths.
The Four Noble Truths
- Dukkha: Suffering exists. Accept that all humans suffer and it is part of life. Suffering has many causes: loss, sickness, pain, failure, and the impermanence of pleasure.
- Samudaya: Greed and Desire are the cause of suffering. Suffering is due the desire to have and control things. It can take many forms: craving of sensual pleasures; the desire for fame; the desire to avoid unpleasant sensations, like fear, anger or jealousy.
- Nirodha: There is an end to suffering. Suffering ceases with the final liberation of Nirvana. The mind experiences complete freedom, liberation and non-attachment. It lets go of any desire or craving.
- Magga: In order to end suffering, you must follow the Eightfold Path.
How to Celebrate Asalha Puja Day
The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. Learning and practicing the teachings of Buddha and celebrating the Buddhist community.