What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

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What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

Postby charlotte » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:25 am

self-explanatory title.
"By depending upon this boat like human form,
we can cross the great ocean of suffering.
Since such a vessel will be hard to find again,
there no time to sleep, you fool!"
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Re: What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:10 am

They are the Buddhist equivalent of Sundays, or the Sabbath in Judaism.

They occur on the full-moon, new-moon, and half moon days of each month.

Buddhists traditionally go to Buddhist temples or monasteries on such days, some observe the eight precepts and practice meditation.
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Re: What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

Postby plwk » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:39 am

Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

Postby cooran » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:39 am

Hello Charlotte,

Here is a calendar of Uposatha Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... a2013.html

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Re: What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:16 pm

Incidentally, today is an uposatha day. https://www.facebook.com/groups/uposatha.club/
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Re: What is an Uposatha Observance Day?

Postby charlotte » Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:23 am

Thanks for the explanations :hug:
"By depending upon this boat like human form,
we can cross the great ocean of suffering.
Since such a vessel will be hard to find again,
there no time to sleep, you fool!"
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