Celebration of Asalha Puja and Vassa Entering (Rains Retreat) at IBC, 2019
Asalha Puja coincides with the start of three-month Rains Retreat (vassa), one of the most significant Buddhist festivals, celebrated throughout Buddhist countries, was celebrated in IBC on July 16, 2019. The Asalha Puja ceremony is also known as the Dhamma Day as on this full moon, the Buddha for the first time offered the most comprehensive and structured Dhamma teaching known as the sermon that set the wheel of Dhamma into motion. Vassa (Rains Retreat) is a very important practice for Buddhist monastics for the observation of three months rains retreat.
All IBC members like instructors, students, Venerables, staff, guests etc participated the ceremony gracefully and it was an interesting gathering for most of the new students to witness such a ceremony full of practioners and monastics from Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions doing Puja together and in their own traditions.
Venerable Ajahn Narong began the ceremony by offering light to the Triple Gem and Venerable Anandajoti Bhikkhu spoke a few words on the significance and history of the Asalha puja and Vassa ceremony before leading the group chanting and dedication of offerings. Professor Tilak along with Ms. Rudeeduan and Mr. Jaroon offered flowers to the H.M. King (Rama X) of Thailand on the occasion of His Majesty’s 67th birthday.
Laity undertook the five precepts from Venerables and offered requisites to Sangha members. Ajahn Narong also gave Dhamma talk for the audience on the significance of the occasion.
After completing their respective traditional chanting in Pali, Mandarin and Tibetan, all participants transferred merits wishing wellbeing for all teachers, parents, supporters, Ven. Wei Wu, the King His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn and all the Sentient Beings.