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Buddha’s Teaching Still Relevant: IBC Speakers on Ashadha Purnima

Varanasi, July 13 (SocialNews.XYZ) The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, celebrated Ashadha Purnima on Wednesday, as Dharma Chakra Pravartana Divas at Mulagandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath.

UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi were among the guests who joined in the celebrations.

A video message from President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also released on the occasion. This was followed by a compilation of the Prime Minister’s speeches at various Buddhist events.

The Governor commended Buddhists around the world for continuing the tradition and practicing the teachings of Lord Buddha. She also pointed out that the IBC has been a beacon platform for spreading Buddhism not only in India but all over the world.

Both the Governor and the Minister toured the Vihara and received replicas and gifted items related to Lord Buddha.

Speakers emphasized the essence of Buddha’s teaching and the relevance of his words even today.

It is the annual flagship event of the IBC and the second holiest day for Buddhists after Buddha Purnima.

The IBC organized the event at Mulagandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath where the holy relic of Sakhyamuni is enshrined.

This is in keeping with the historical heritage of India, the land of Buddha’s enlightenment, his action on the wheels of Dhamma and Mahaparinirvana.

Many other dignitaries and patriarchs of Buddhist Sanghas, eminent masters and scholars from all over the world and from CIB chapters, member organizations participated in the event.

The focus of the discussions and presentations was on “the importance of Ashadha Purnima”.

It also included a live demonstration of Nalanda’s debate which involved two debaters discussing their understanding of the Dharma in the Tibetan language, with a translator explaining each’s arguments.

This demonstration gave an insight into the Buddhist version, the nuances of the Dharma and its practice in the monasteries of the country, as a method of learning for young monks today.

It may be remembered that it was at Sarnath that Buddha gave his first sermon, setting in motion the wheel of dharma.

The auspicious day of Ashadha Purnima which falls on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha according to the Indian lunar calendar is also known as Esala Poya in Sri Lanka and Asanha Bucha in Thailand.

The day marks Buddha’s first teaching after attaining Enlightenment to the first five ascetic disciples on the full moon day of Ashadha at ‘Deer Park’ in present-day Sarnath, near Varanasi.

This Dharma Chakra Pravartana Sutra (Sanskrit) teaching is also known as Turning the Wheels of Dharma and includes the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

The rainy season retreat (Varsha Vassa) for Monks and Nuns also begins with this day which lasts three lunar months from July to October, during which they stay in one place, usually in their temples dedicated to intensive meditation. They are served during this period by a lay community who also observe eight precepts and meditate under the guidance of their teachers.

The day is also observed as Guru Purnima by Buddhists and Hindus as a day to mark respect for their Gurus.

The IBC, meanwhile, was formed in 2012 as a global Buddhist umbrella body headquartered in New Delhi.

Source: IANS

Buddha's Teaching Still Relevant: IBC Speakers on Ashadha Purnima

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