HONORING SANGHA DAY
The Full Moon Day of The Asalaha (the eighth lunar month)
After The Lord
Buddha enlighten on the full moon day of the sixth lunar
month (Visakha), he spent seven weeks near by the Bodhi
Tree. Afterward, he decided to teach the Dhamma to the
others, even though there were difficulties for ordinary
people to understand. His former teachers were dead, the
next group of people he thought of were five ascetics
called "Pancavaggi", group of five, who, at
that time, lived in a forest named "Isippatanamarukatayawan",
the deer park near Baranasi.
On the day before the
full moon day of the eighth lunar month, Asalaha, there
he was. The next day, the full moon day, The Lord Buddha
gave them his FIRST SERMON called "Dhamma-cakkappavattana
Sutta" or the Discourse on Setting the Wheel of
Dhamma in Motion. Not long after that, the head of the
Five Ascetics, named "Kondanna" got "The
Eye of Dhamma" and asked for ordination from The
Lord Buddha. He became the FIRST MONK in Buddhism. The
full moon day of the eighth lunar month became the day
that honored the Sangha, or the community of the monks.
TO BE OBSERVED ON
ASALAHA BUCHA DAY
Making merit by going to temples for special observances,
making merit, listening to Dhamma preaching, giving
some donations and join in the other Buddhist activities.
'RUB SIL': Keeping the
Five Precepts, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks
and all kinds of immoral acts.
'TUK BARD': Offering food
to the monks and novices (in the alm bowl).
Practice of renuciation: Observe the Eight Precepts,
practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in
the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
VIEN TIEN': Attending the
Candle Light Procession around the Uposatha Hall, in
the evening of the Vesak full moon day.