How to be a True Buddhist through Observance?
Vap Poya day is the
full-moon of October. This holy day celebrates the end of the Bhikkhu's three
months rains retreat
and marks the
of giving robes
, where lay
people donate a set of robes to the Sangha. This also celebrates
the day that Buddha began to teach the
The Buddha descending to
Sankassa from the
Tāvatimsa Level after having spent a rain retreat there explaining the
during a single three month long speech! His biological mother
died 7 days after his birth, and was reborn as a
deva, with the
He is followed down by the deva rulers
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Kathina Ceremony of giving
robes to the Māha-Sangha and receive
blessing merit thereby!
On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Buddhist simply joins the
and undertakes the
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 & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm & 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
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
Jewels the rest of my life!
I accept to respect & undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all
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! So is the start towards Nibbāna: the Deathless Element!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
Morality, developed further by
fulfilled by training of
Today indeed is
Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps even 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 hereby
..." signed with
name, date, town & country to
join here. A
public list of this new
quite rapidly growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!
The True Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: Saddhamma Sangha:
advantageously be Joined Here:
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: