As part of our Dharma Day celebrations, we will have two talks exploring the fundamental teachings of the Dharma.
Tonight, Saccanama will explore what is purportedly the very first teaching of the Buddha after his Enlightenment - what is usually called the ‘First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’ (in the Dhammaccakapavatana Sutta).
Communicating with his five former ascetic friends and followers, the Buddha, fresh from his Awakening experience, tells them of the Middle Way between sensual indulgence and ascetic self-denial and goes on to teach them the Four Noble Truths.
We will look at the relevance of these teachings to us in our very different circumstances from the Buddha. There will also be the opportunity for questions and discussion at the end.
You can read a translation of the original Sutta here.