Asalha Puja

 

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Asalha Puja, known as Asanha Bucha in Thailand and sometimes called Dhammacakka Day, commemorates the teaching of the Dhammacakkappavattana-sutta The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dhamma’ – the first teaching of the Buddha in the month of Āsāḷha (June-July). It takes place on the the full moon of the eighth lunar month (July 11 or 12, 2014 – Thai year, Buddhist Era 2557). On the following day the 3 month rains (vassa) retreat begins.

Pictured are Buddhists as they pay respect at Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon on the morning of 11 July 2014.