How to be a True Buddhist through Observance?
Navam Poya day is the full-moon of February. This sacred day celebrates the ordination of
the Buddha Gotama's main disciples Sariputta and MahaMoggallana.
This day is also called: The Sangha Day, since on this full-moon 1250 Arahants spontaneously
assembled around the Buddha without any invitation. Buddha then spoke the famous
Ovada Patimokkha core teaching! On this day Buddha also later decides his Parinibbana.
Parinibbana: The death moment of the Buddha, where he enters Nibbana ...
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On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the Five Precepts like
this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed, with clean bare feet, one kneels at a shrine
with a Buddha-statue, and bows first three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees and
head touch the floor. Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized
lines in a loud, calm and steady voice:
As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.
I will hereby respect these Three Jewels the rest of my life!
I accept to respect and undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol and Drugs.
As long as this life lasts, I am thus protected by these 5 precepts...
Then, one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's own eyes and
children!, since they protect you and all other beings much better than any army!
They are the highest offer one can give in and to this world! So is the start towards
Nibbāna: The Deathless Element! This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease,
to Happiness, initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and fulfilled
by training of Meditation...
Venerable Sāriputta and Venerable MahāMoggallāna.
Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay Buddhist
normally keeps even the Eight Precepts from sunrise until the next dawn...
If any wish an official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha, they may simply forward
the lines starting with "I hereby ..." signed with name, date, town, and country to me
or join here. A public list of this new steadily growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is
set up here!
The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up!
For Details on The Origin of Uposatha Observance Days:
The Buddhist Poya Uposatha Observance Day Calendar is here: