Today is Asanha Bucha Day, one of the most important religious days in the Buddhist calendar. Today, 25 centuries ago, three months after his enlightenment, the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, and the first monks were ordained, inaugurating what is known as the Triple Gems.
You can be sure that all temples around the country will be packed with the faithful Buddhists intent on making merit on this auspicious day.
I made one of my rare visits to the temple last weekend to make merit for a dear friend. Most temples are ready to accept walk-in sangkhathan bearers in the chapel or prayer hall, although some temples make an effort to facilitate this ceremony with a special room complete with all the essentials: Buddha altar, prayer prompters (for those who are not so familiar with the Pali recitations), on-duty monk and water ewer to conclude the ceremony.
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