Hindus greet Buddhists on Asalha Puja

Hindus have sent greetings to Buddhist communities worldwide for the upcoming Asalha-Puja/Asanha-Puja/Asalha-Pucha/Asarnha-Bucha/Dhamma/Dharma Day.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a release in Nevada (USA) today, expressed warmest greetings on behalf of Hindu community on Buddhist celebration of Asalha Puja, wishing peace, blessings and joy to all the Buddhists.

Rajan Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment, he added.

Asalha Puja commemorates the Buddha's First Sermon ('Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma') and establishment of Buddhism. It expounded Four Noble Truths— Dukkha (suffering), Samudaya (Arising), Nirodha (Cessation), Magga (Path); and Noble Eightfold Path: Right—View, Resolve, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, Meditation. It is observed by listening to sermons, paying homage to Buddha, offerings to temples, giving alms, etc.

Buddhism, fourth largest religion of the world, is based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha, the Awakened One). Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.