History of Magha Puja


History of Magha Puja
Compiled by Ven. Munindathero Maha Nhor Tepmony
Read by Jendhamuni Sos



Magha Puja Day: The Day of Four Marvelous Events

Magha Puja Day is one of the most important Buddhist holy day. It is also called as “The Day of Four Marvelous Events.” Why is it so important?

Magha Puja Day has been announced to be one of the most important holy days in Buddhism because there were four marvelous events happening over 2,500 years ago. This day is an important Buddhist holy day because of Dhamma. The Lord Buddha taught the Dhamma Principles and his teachings for the assembled arahants in that day to disseminate and save the beings from sin.

Magha Puja Day is the special holy day which usually falls on the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month, sometimes the Buddhists call “the day which the moon is occupying the Magha auspicious time”. The Buddhists usually do the activities and ceremonies on Magha Puja Day in the middle of the 3rd lunar month, but if there is 2 times of the 8th lunar month, the activities will delay to do in the middle of the 4th lunar month. The Magha Day is important because it is the meeting anniversary of the arahants who assembled without any schedule. This day is also called to be “The Day of Four Marvelous Events” which occurred at the Veluvana Maha Vihara after the Lord Buddha had enlightened for 9 months.


On that Day the Lord Buddha taught “Ovadapatimokha” which is the Heart of Buddhism. This teaching consists of the goals, principles and procedures of Buddhism completely.

1. The Goal of Buddhism is Nirvana.
2. The Principles of Buddhism are the practitioners have to be patient in self-cultivation to achieve goal which are consists of
a. Not to commit any kind of sins
b. Do only good things
c. Purify one’s mind.
3. The procedure is the practitioners have to cultivate themselves continuously until their Eightfold Path occurs or until they have precepts, meditation and knowledge well. The Eightfold Path is similarly to the 8-strand rope. The precepts, meditation and knowledge are similarly to the 3-strand rope. They develop their actions, speeches and mind to do, say or think only good things. They should not fall in the power of defilements which are greed or lust, anger, and delusion. They should not fall in the power of defilements or passions such as sexual desire, foolish aspiration to receive something, foolish aspiration not to receive something, example — not want to lose their fortune, rank, praise or happiness, etc.

What were the Four Marvelous Events on Magha Puja Day?

1. It was the full moon and holy day. The moon occupied the Magha Auspicious Time.
2. All 1,250 monks gathered there without any schedule.
3. All assembled monks were arahants.
4. All assembled monks were ordained by the Lord Buddha.

Source: http://www.dmc.tv

Khmer Tipitaka 1 – 110

Khmer Tipitaka 1 – 110

The Tipitaka or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The three divisions of the Tipitaka are: Vinaya Pitaka, Sutta Pitaka, Abhidhamma Pitaka. ព្រះត្រៃបិដក ប្រែថា កញ្រ្ចែង ឬ ល្អី​ ៣ សម្រាប់ដាក់ផ្ទុកពាក្យពេចន៍នៃព្រះសម្មាសម្ពុទ្ធ

Listen to Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism.


As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so the wise are not shaken by blame and praise. As a deep lake is clear and calm, so the wise become tranquil after they listened to the truth... Good people walk on regardless of what happens to them. Good people do not babble on about their desires. Whether touched by happiness or by sorrow, the wise never appear elated or depressed… ~The Dhammapada

Should anyone wish to ridicule me and make me an object of jest and scorn why should I possibly care if I have dedicated myself to others?

Let them do as they wish with me so long as it does not harm them. May no one who encounters me ever have an insignificant contact.

Regardless whether those whom I meet respond towards me with anger or faith, may the mere fact of our meeting contribute to the fulfilment of their wishes.

May the slander, harm and all forms of abuse that anyone should direct towards me act as a cause of their enlightenment.