Dear fellow practitioners, greetings
This talk was given recently whilst on Pilgrimage in Northern India… at the Deer Park, the place where Lord Buddha taught the first sermon and "Set the unstoppable Wheel of Dhamma in motion!" In the talk we explore some of the context, background and build up to both the Lord Buddhas Enlightenment and the occasion of his offering this wonderful, liberating teaching. We also go through the actual teaching pertaining to the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path… through listening to which Anya Kondanya became the first enlightened disciple to follow in the footsteps of Lord Buddha.
Sarnath is very close to the Holy Hindu city of Varanasi – where belief in an almighty and permanent creator god is very strong. The Realisation of the Deathless through clearly seeing Impermanence and Not‐Self stand out in stark contrast to the beliefs of the majority of the people here… both now and then. With the sound of the birds and chanting in the background and the occasional honking horn of an auto rickshaw or bus, it is hoped that you can feel some of the sacredness and also the 'present moment relevance' of this timeless and sacred wisdom teaching.
With Loving – Kindness
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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