f. Asalha Puja (Jul)

This day, sometimes called "Dhamma Day," commemorates the 1 meditation hall2Buddha's first discourse, which he gave to the group of five monks with whom he had practiced in the forest for many years. Upon hearing this discourse, one of the monks ( Ven. Kondañña) gained his first glimpse of Nibbana, thus giving birth to the Noble Sangha. The annual Rains retreat (vassa) begins the following day.

Extracted from "Uposatha Observance Days", edited by John T. Bullitt. Access to Insight, 26 May 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sila/uposatha.html.