Friday, January 23, 2009

Audio Postcard: Dhammacakkappavattana – Mahabodhi Temple, Sarnath - 29 December 08

After finishing the meditation retreat, I wasn't yet ready to face the noise and bustle of Varanasi and so stayed one night in the town of Sarnath. I had stayed here the previous year for a number of days, enjoying the slow, quiet pace of life while exploring the archaeological sites and the numerous temples.

On the evening of the 29th I visited the Mahabodhi Temple for their evening puja, or devotional service, which on this occasion consisted of five Theravada monks in yellow robes chanting in Pali the Dhammacakkappavattana, the sutta of the Buddha's first discourse, given in the deer park of Sarnath.

Presented here is a 5-minute clip of the entire 40-minute recitation. Anyone interested in a copy of the complete puja, please contact me directly. Due to restricted bandwidth in Nepal, I will not be able to upload until I return to Japan sometime in March.

Click here to download the MP3 to your computer.



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