Saṅghamittā Full Moon Day

In the serene realm of Buddhism, amidst the tranquil whispers of ancient scriptures and the profound teachings of enlightened masters, there exists a celebration that shines a spotlight on a remarkable figure: Saṅghamittā, the epitome of female leadership in the Buddhist tradition. As the full moon graces the night sky, Buddhists around the world come together to honor her legacy on Saṅghamittā Full Moon Day.

Saṅghamittā, the daughter of Emperor Asoka of India, was not just a princess confined to the opulent walls of her palace. Instead, she emerged as a beacon of compassion, wisdom, and determination, leaving an indelible mark on the history of Buddhism. Her story is not only one of familial ties but also of profound spiritual devotion and unwavering dedication to spreading the teachings of the Buddha.

One of the most notable aspects of Saṅghamittā’s life is her pivotal role in the propagation of Buddhism beyond the borders of India. Sent by her father, Emperor Asoka, to Sri Lanka, she carried with her a sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. This symbolic gesture marked the establishment of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and laid the foundation for its flourishing in the region.

However, Saṅghamittā’s contributions extend far beyond the mere transplantation of a sacred tree. As a bhikkhuni (Buddhist nun) herself, she played a crucial role in ordaining women into the monastic community in Sri Lanka, thus providing them with the opportunity to pursue spiritual practice and attain liberation. 

At Buddhist Maha Vihara

Event Details

This auspicious day at BMV is commemorated with a special program dedicated to the observance of the Eight Precepts, a set of ethical guidelines observed by lay Buddhists on significant days of religious observance. The program includes sessions of meditation, Dhamma talks, and discussions aimed at deepening practitioners’ understanding of Buddhist principles and cultivating inner peace and mindfulness.

The highlight of the day culminates in the Full Moon Puja at 7:30 PM, where devotees gather to pay homage to the Triple Gem and express their reverence for Saṅghamittā’s profound contributions to Buddhism. 

The puja is a sacred ritual involving chanting, offerings, and the recitation of verses from Buddhist scriptures, creating an atmosphere of reverence and spiritual upliftment.