How to be a True Buddhist through Observance?
Poya is the full-moon of Poson (June), which is
especially noteworthy to the Sri Lankan
Buddhists as the day on which Emperor
Asoka's son, the
introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C. Accordingly, in
the normal ritualistic observances undertaken on a Poya day, on Poson day
flock to Mihintale
Anurādhapura, the ancient holy capital city of the country, for
Mahinda converted the then ruler, King
and his court
to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally
the stronghold home of Theravāda Buddhism.
Arahat Mahinda arrives and tests the king's intelligence.
Sri Lanka. Mahinda Thera's cave there.
Essays about the significance of Poson Poya Days in Theravada Buddhism:
Arahat meets a King.
The cultural dimension of Poson.
The birth of a new civilization.
The induction of the Triple Gem to Sri
On such Uposatha
Any Lay Buddhist
simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes
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 in front of the heart,
one recite these memorized lines in a loud, calm & steady voice:
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.
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
the rest of my life!
I accept to respect & 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 & 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 & children!, since they protect you & all other beings much better
than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to this world!
This is the very start on the path towards
Nibbāna -the Deathless Element-
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Bliss, initiated by
developed further by
and fulfilled by training of
Today indeed is
Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay Buddhist
normally keeps the
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..." signed with name, date, town &
to me or join
public list of this new Saddhamma-Sangha is
The New Noble Community of Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
Details on Poya Uposatha Observance Days
May your journey
hereby be eased, light, swift and sweet. Never give up!
Mihintale, Sri Lanka,
arrived in 3rd century B.C.
The Buddhist Poya Uposatha Observance Day Calendar is here: