With these striking words the Buddha, freshly enlightened, in the Deer Park at Sarnath, called to attention his five friends who he had practised extreme asceticism with for many years. In this way he began turning the wheel of the Dharma for the benefit of all.
It was in the Deer Park at Sarnath that the essence of the liberating Dharma was first given and received. It was at this moment that it became clear that the Dharma was for everybody and not only for one man. So we celebrate this day with great joy, for this is the day that the Dharma was made known to us.
To celebrate Dharma Day this year, Padmaloka will be offering a full online festival programme including live streamed meditations and rituals from the Shrine Room and a live talk and Q&A by Padmavajra. His talk will explore the story of the turning of the wheel of the Dharma and, in particular, he will look at the freshness, vividness and vitality of the Buddha's speech - his communication of the Beyond.
So, log on, tune in and celebrate with the Padmaloka Community!
The entire festival day programme will be broadcast to everyone for free via Youtube; there is no need to book or let us know you'll be attending. On the day itself you can use the following links to tune in:
7:00 - 8:25am - Tiratnavandana and Morning Meditation: https://youtu.be/LdD71GLx4O8
10:30am - 12:30pm - Padmavajra Keynote Talk and Q&A - "Listen, The Deathless has been Attained": https://youtu.be/mLUMyouMARM
4:00 - 5:00pm - Sutra Recitation and Meditation: https://youtu.be/crrzSzBo4Nw
8:15 - 9:15pm - The Sevenfold Puja: https://youtu.be/jepcoxwzH14
For an introduction to the iconography of the Padmaloka Shrine Room you can watch part one of our Shrine Room Tour series: https://bit.ly/PLShrine1