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    How to be a True Buddhist through Observance?

Medin Poya day is the full-moon of March. This holy day celebrates that the Buddha
visits his parental home after his supreme Enlightenment, and ordains his son prince
Rāhula, and also his half-brother Nanda.
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 such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply join 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 like this audio recording:

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, keep and undertake these 5 training rules: 
I hereby accept and undertake the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept and undertake the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept and undertake the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept and undertake the training rule of avoiding all Lying and Cheating.
I hereby accept and undertake 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! The journey towards Nibbāna: The Deathless is hereby started!
This is the Noble Way to Absolute Peace, to Complete Freedom, to Ultimate
Happiness, initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and
fulfilled by training of Meditation...

Today indeed is Poya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps also 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
quite rapidly growing global web Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!



The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:   
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up !
Bhikkhu Samahita: [email protected]

For Details on The Origin of Uposatha Observance Days:     
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/ati_website/html/ptf/dhamma/sila/uposatha.html



Buddha with his son Rāhula who also awakened into enlightenment!

The Buddhist Poya Uposatha Observance Day Calendar is here:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Poya.Uposatha.Observance_days.htm

Medin Poya: Sangha Day!


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