On the first fill moon in July, Buddhists around the world celebrate Dharma Day.
Dharma Day, a Buddhist celebration, marks the day when the Buddha began teaching. Celebrated by Buddhists worldwide, it’s considered a time to reflect on the qualities of the Buddha and express gratitude for his teachings which offer humanity a way to find release from its bonds. Dharma refers to the body of the Buddha’s teachings.
Dharma Day is one of the most important dates in the Buddhist calendar as it marks the day the religion was established. It is usually celebrated with readings from the Buddhist scriptures, and is an opportunity to reflect deeply on their content. Also known as Asalha Puja, Dharma Day falls during the eighth month of the traditional Indian calendar.
Dharma day is so sacred to Buddhists as they feel after celebrating this day their spirit has been purified leaving them with peace in their hearts. To Buddhists Dharma day is a day of peace away from the outside world.
Unfortunately, we do not have the fortune enough to have the day off to seek our peace away from the outside world. Instead, we take what we can get! After work Eric and I will begin our celebration. We will prepare our shrine in our meditation/music room and start off with a meditation. We then read some of Buddha’s teachings to each other and reflect on the meanings and how to incorporate them into our daily lives. Followed by some relaxing hot tea and more reflection. No doubt we will go out and gaze upon and appreciate the beauty of the full moon as well.
“Here it is – – right now. Start thinking about it and you’ll miss it.”
“Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true happiness must come from inside us.”
“Every waking second is a chance to look past who you think you are right through to who you truly are.”
“Hope is itself a species of happiness and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.”
“The greatest part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”
“Be true to yourself – if something makes you unhappy, try something else.”
“Make it a point to be happy to be here. The first thought of the day should be positive and special.”
“To have peace, we must first have understanding. Understanding is not possible without gentle, loving communication.”