Did you observe Uposatha today?

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Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by dylanj » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:43 am

take 'today' loosely, i understand time zones exist

if no, why?

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susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by perkele » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:08 am

dylanj wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:43 am
Did you observe Uposatha today?
Not consciously. But at leat I have not broken any of the five precepts, have not eaten more than one meal (but drank lots of coffee and smoked cigarettes like a firebox), not slept very much. So maybe a half-arsed almost-Uposatha.
dylanj wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:43 am
if no, why?
Addiction to entertainment, wanting to know what's going on in the world. Finding my matress more comfortable than the floor to sleep in general, especially when there's no mental rest. Not thinking about Uposatha.
Thanks for the reminder.
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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:41 am

Greetings

I just assembled a low and not particularly luxurious bed... Does that count?

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by SarathW » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:02 am

I do not.
But I take every effort to observe all the precepts for the best of my ability.
Some of the precepts I break.
- Sleep in a luxury bed
- Using aftershave
- sometimes I get angry and sware

To be clear I have never observed Uposatha or being to a formal meditation place.

Perhaps you know I spent almost all my waking hours in DW.
It is my temple.
It is where I practice my Dhamma
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Post by Zom » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:57 pm

I personally don't like scheduled observances. However, from time to time I observe Uposatha precepts for several days in a row (sometimes up to a week or more) - just when I feel this is the right time for me. It happens.. well.. naturally.

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Post by DNS » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:29 pm

Zom wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:57 pm
I personally don't like scheduled observances. However, from time to time I observe Uposatha precepts for several days in a row (sometimes up to a week or more) - just when I feel this is the right time for me. It happens.. well.. naturally.
Me too, I don't follow any particular schedule and usually end up following all 8 on most days of the week and month.

I have already been doing one meal a day for several years, so that one is easy and then I don't have any regular entertainment shows that I watch, except for some occasional sports events.

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by paul » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:36 pm

I am always aware of the new moon and the full moon as they have a marked influence on my contemplation conditions. Before the new moon there is an ebb in mental energy and when it arrives there is a surge.

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by SunWuKong » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:42 pm

6 of the 8 precepts
60 minutes sitting (so far)
shaving my head
i failed the entertainment requirement (weakness for Kung Fu movies) and the eating times

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by SarathW » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:23 pm

I have already been doing one meal a day for several years
Do you mean that you take a big late breakfast?
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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by DNS » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:25 pm

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:23 pm
I have already been doing one meal a day for several years
Do you mean that you take a big late breakfast?
Yes, one big meal around the time most people would eat a late breakfast or early lunch.

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by SarathW » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 pm

What do you during the day?
Do you drink only water?
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Post by DNS » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:31 pm

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 pm
Do you drink only water?
The only water I drink is the water in coffee and tea. :D

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by SarathW » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 pm

Do you take sugar with it?
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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by DNS » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:00 am

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 pm
Do you take sugar with it?
No, just black, no sugar, no cream.

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Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Post by SarathW » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:22 am

Yes it is a good idea.
I used to consume about ten cup of tea a day with one sugar.
My doctor keep on warning me for my elevated blood sugar level.
I did all source of thing to get the reading down without a success.
Then I decided to take tea without sugar.
Bingo! My blood sugar came back to normal.
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