Dhamma Day: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Dhamma Day means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity (b)

Dhamma Day.—On this day, the Buddha had given the First Sermon to the Pancavargīya Bhikṣus at the Deer Park, Sarnath thus starting the dharmacakra-pravartana (setting in motion the Wheel of Law). The Buddhist religion was founded on this day. The day is also connected significantly to mark a major change in Indian seasons and climate. This is the time when the monsoon hits north India.

On Dhamma Day, homage is paid to the Buddha for commemorating the Buddha’s first teaching when the Turning of the Wheel of Law (dharmacakrapravartana) began. Gautam Buddha on this day started preaching the Law beginning with the five ascetics (Pancavargīya Bhikṣus) at the Deer Park (Sarnath) near Benares, where Kondanna, the senior ascetic attained the first level of enlightenment (the sotapanna level of mind purity). Dhamma Day is now seen as a chance to express gratitude that the Buddha, and other enlightened teachers, has shared their knowledge with others. It is usually celebrated with readings from the Buddhist scriptures, and is an opportunity to reflect deeply on their content. If an individual practices Buddhism within a monastic tradition, Dhamma Day is, wherever possible, celebrated in a temple, Buddhist centre or monastery in the presence of monks or nuns’.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity

Dhamma Day or Asalha Puja is special festival within traditional Buddhism, occurring on Āṣāḍha-pūrṇimā (usually in July).—Dhamma Day Commemorates the Buddha’s first discourse, given to the five samanas in the Deer Park at Sarnath, near Varanasi. The traditional Rainy-Season Retreat (Vassā) begins on the next day.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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