CMU’s new students’ welcome
parade to Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai University students carrying
a heavy Buddhist shrine during the Welcome parade.
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begins this week
The Buddhist Holy Day of Ahsala Bucha falls this year on Thursday July 17, the
15th night of the full moon during the eighth month of the Buddhist Lunar
calendar. “Ahsala Bucha” means paying homage and worshipping on the day
identified according to the lunar calendar during the eighth month, Ahsala being
the name of the eighth month in the Pali language.
Ahsala Bucha Day commemorates three events which occurred on the same day in the
life of the Lord Buddha; his first sermon, the “Dharmachakapavattama Sutta,”
which outlines the “Four Noble Truths” and which was presented to the first five
disciples; the birth of Buddhism itself on that day, and the creation of the
Sangha, when the first person to hear the Lord Buddha speak became a Buddhist
monk by pledging to follow the Buddha’s teachings. From these three events arose
the “Triple Gem” of Buddhism, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.