The Dalai Lama’s Message on the First Dharma Chakra Celebration at Varanasi
Update: Saturday, July 4, 2020 @ 4:07 PM
Mcleodganj: The Dalai Lama’s said, I am happy to learn that today my Indian Dharma friends are celebrating the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma by Buddha Shakyamuni. After his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach for 49 days. The reason for this is stated in the following verse propounded shortly after his enlightenment: “Profound, beyond elaboration, clear light and non-composite— I have found a Dharma that is like an elixir. Since no one will understand if I teach (it), Without uttering anything, I will retreat into the forest.” At that time, several religious traditions already existed in India. Although it is commendable that they all practiced their own religious traditions, philosophically, all of them posited a permanent, unitary and independent self. Some of them also believed in the concept of a creator. Since the Buddha’s teachings greatly differed from them, he initially declined to teach. Later, at the request of the first five disciples, Buddha Shakyamuni gave his first teachings on the four noble truths at Varanasi. He taught the four noble truths in three phases. The Dalai Lama’s gave this Message on the First Dharma Chakra Celebration at Varanasi.