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FROM THE FOREST OF LUMBINI TO THE DEER PARK AT SARNATH
In 6th century B.C, in the forests of Lumbini a boy was born to King Suddhodhana of the Shakya clan and his consort Maya Devi. In his lifetime, Siddhartha Gautam would grow up to be no mere prince, but a teacher, philosopher and spiritual leader.
At the age of 29, Siddhartha Gautam renounced the pleasures of his royal life and set himself on a spiritual path intent on alleviating universal suffering. For the next few years, Siddhartha lived as an ascetic. Inspired by the words of several gurus, he meditated and practised the new way of life with five other ascetics. Over a period of time, the other ascetics became his first followers/disciples.
One day a little girl offered Siddhartha a bowl of rice. Upon accepting her offering, he realised that physical austerity cannot help one achieve inner peace and spiritual release.
That night, Siddhartha decided to sit alone under a Bodhi tree. He said he would get up only after the truth he fervently sought came to him. He meditated for several days in that same spot. As he did so, it is believed that he purified his mind, and saw his entire life, previous births and his thoughts.
When Siddhartha attained enlightenment he became the Buddha. He spent the remainder of his life teaching people the truth of life and how to achieve enlightenment. He founded the original order of Buddhist nuns and monks. Several of them went on to become great scholars and teachers.
In 483 BCE, the Buddha breathed his last in Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh).
According to Buddhist tradition, all monks who attain enlightenment are Buddhas. However since, Siddhartha Gautam was the first to attain enlightenment, he is known as The Buddha.
The International Buddhist Confederation celebrates Dharma Chakra Day on 4th July to commemorate the Buddha’s first sermon to his first disciples at Deer Park, Rsipatana, modern day Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).
As per Buddhist tradition, the sermon took place in Ashada month, on the day of Asalha Pooja, seven weeks after the Buddha attained enlightenment.
Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta* (Pali) is a record of this first sermon. Translating to The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of the Dharma Sutta, it is during this sermon that the Buddha first propagated the Four Noble Truths to his first five disciples - Kondanna, Assaji, Bhaddiya, Vappa and Mahanama.The sutta (sutra, discourse) also consisted of:
The teachings of the Buddha and tales of Buddha Dhamma have been a part of folklore and have been wonderfully elucidated in the Jataka tales, life stories of Bodhisattvas (a person who is on their way to Buddhahood) and by Buddhist monks around the world.They have transcended centuries and found relevance in every generation because of the simplicity the faith preaches. It emphasizes the importance of independence, a concept that is very dear to the modern world.
In celebration of Dharma Chakra Day, The Nestery brings you a handpicked selection of tales and activity books. Take a look - you don't have to be a practising Buddhist to benefit from Zen meditation and the Buddha's teachings.
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