'The Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma'
Dear fellow practitioners,
today I am sharing with you one more item for our recently added 'Formal Chanting without Music' section.
The Dhammacakkapavattana sutta was the first formal Teaching taught by Lord Buddha. It was taught in the Deer Park at Isipattana a few miles outside of the ancient city of Varanasi to a group of five ascetics. These ascetics had practiced with the Bodhisatta previously while he was practicing extreme austerities before he discovered The Middle Way. The sutta covers the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path, and by the time Lord Buddha had given the discourse one of these ascetics had an unshakeable penetrative insight… and attained the first level of Liberation. This occasion was when the Dhamma became first manifest in the world and the Sangha was also born. Due to all of this, it is a much loved and revered sutta.
It can be wonderful to chant these verses in Pali. I certainly enjoy it.
I also hope that it may be interesting and nourishing to you.
With every best wish.
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