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.
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.