Marking the Dawn of New Year 2019 with the 1,000,000,000th round of Chanting the Buddha’s First Sermon
Just as the Buddha’s utterance of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta had changed the world, chanting his first sermon can change your world.
The Dhammakaya Temple would like to invite Buddhists in Thailand and around the world to join us in chanting the Buddha’s first sermon for one billion rounds – as an offering to Buddhas and a blessing for ourselves and the world.
Since the launch of the 24-hour Chanting of the Buddha’s First Sermon program in July 2016, participants from overall the world have chanted more than 777 million rounds of the sutta. We aim to reach the 1,000,000,000th round on 1st January 2019 to mark the dawn of the New Year.
Translated in English as the Discourse that Sets Turning the Wheel of Truth,
the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta was the sermon that helped ascetic Koṇḍhañña become the Buddha’s first enlightened disciple, resulting in the birth of Buddhism.
How the 24-hour Chanting of the Buddha’s First Sermon program works?
Anyone from anywhere can join the program simply by chanting the sutta and sending us the number of your chanting rounds daily or weekly or every few days. To date, people from over 30 countries have joined the program, sending the number of their chanting rounds to their local temple coordinators or directly through a Line app
From Bangkok to Berlin, from Tokyo to Taipei, from Seoul to Sydney, and many other cities across the world, our participants chant the sutta alone at home and sometimes in groups with friends and families, at their local temples or meditation centers. Some have come to join mass chanting in front of the Dhammakaya Cetiya
Why the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta?
The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta is said to be the only chanting verse that all the three major Buddhist sects (Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayāna) have in common, and is chanted either in Pali or Sanskrit.
It is this sutta that the 84,000 units of the Buddha’s teachings are based upon. It is the one and only discourse that all Buddhas delivered in common. Having the power to soothe, calm and purify the mind, it primes the chanter’s mind for meditation. The collective peaceful energy from chanters all over the world has the power to evoke peace and heal the wounded world.
Listen and chant the Sutta (Youtube VDO with English sub)