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2018 Asalahapuja & Khao Phansa Day

Asalahapuja Day is considered to be one of the most significant Buddhist holy days. It falls on the full moon day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar year, generally in July. It is the day that Buddha delivered his first sermon, known as “Dhammachakkappavattana-sutta,” which he preached to five ascetics. One ascetic, named Kotanya, understood the insight and knowledge of life that Buddha had taught and requested that Buddha ordain him as a monk, thereby beginning the Sangha, or brotherhood of monks. This event marked the first time that the Triple Gems were completed, namely the Buddha himself, the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings), and the Sangha (brotherhood of monks). This was the day Buddhism was established in the world. Khao Phansa Day marks the beginning of the Buddhist lent, an annual three-month disciplinary practice for Buddhist monks. Buddha had specified that during three months of the rainy season, monks should stop traveling and avoid the dangers of traveling during this season by staying fixed in one temple. The Buddhist lent is observed by monks from the eighth lunar month to the eleventh lunar month, and is considered a sacred period of time for spiritual practice, a time to devote oneself more earnestly to the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion. Therefore, the ceremony will be held at the temple on Sunday July 22, 2018. The schedule is as follows:

Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 AM

Location: Wat Buddharangsri, Miami, Florida, USA

Cost: Free

Featuring:

Sunday July 22, 2018

06:00 AM Monks, the 8 precepts participants and public perform
morning chant
07:00 AM Offer breakfast to monks and the 8 percepts participants
10:00 AM Monks, the 8 precepts participants and public perform
morning chant
11:00 AM Offer lunch to monks and the 8 percepts participants
01:00 PM Public led by monks carry candle, incenses and flowers,
walking clockwise three times around the religious hall
01:00 PM Listen to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings)
03:00-5:00 PM Buddhism and meditation lessons
06:00 PM Monks, the 8 precepts participants and public perform evening chant

We would like to invite you to participate in the ordination accepting the 8 precepts and join in meditation, collection of merit, and listening to Dharma teachings

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