Āsalha Full-moon Uposatha Service

Everyone reciting the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ – the Buddha’s first discourse on ‘Turning the Wheel of Dhamma’.

On Thursday 30 July, the Āsālha Full-moon Uposatha Service was observed at Nalanda Centre with offerings to the ‘Three Jewels’ and recitation of the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ – the Buddha’s first discourse on ‘Turning the Wheel of Dhamma’.

This special day commemorates the anniversary of three important occasions in the life of the Buddha – His Conception; Great Renunciation; and His first teaching after Enlightenment.

Devotees calming the mind during the Āsalha Uposatha Full-moon Service.

Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye presented a Dhamma talk illustrating the significance of this special day.  He elaborated on the reality of true existence – the ‘Four Noble Truths’.

He also quoted Dhammapada verse 182 for all to reflect upon: rare to be born as a human, rare to listen to the sublime Dhamma, and rare to encounter the appearance of Buddhas.  Hence we must treasure this opportunity to learn, practice and be liberated.

Achariya Siang Chye elaborated on the reality of true existence – the ‘Four Noble Truths’.