Dharma Chakra Day : Buddha’s First Teaching
President of India (at the Dharma Chakra Pravartan Divas celebrations) highlighted the importance of Buddha’s teachings and called upon the youth to draw inspiration from them.
- The president emphasized the significance of following Sheel, Sadhachar, and Pragya to empower the younger generation and create a positive impact on society.
- The construction contract for the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini, Nepal was also awarded.
- Dharma Chakra Day is celebrated to commemorate Buddha’s first teaching after attaining enlightenment.
- It is observed on the full moon day of Asadha in the Indian sun calendar.
- It is also observed as Guru Purnima, a day to honour spiritual teachers, by both Buddhists and Hindus.
- Date : 4th July 2020
- Organized by Ministry of Culture in partnership with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)
- It Commemorates the Dhamma Cakka-Pavattana Sutta, including the Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path
- The day marks the beginning of the Rainy Season retreat for monks and nuns.
- Other Names Asadha Poornima (India); Esala Poya (Sri Lanka); Asanha Bucha (Thailand)
- Guru Purnima Falls on a full-moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadh. Dedicated to Maharshi Veda Vyasa, editor of the Vedas and creator of Hindu scriptures.
- Also marks Lord Buddha’s first sermon delivered at Sarnath on the same day.