Vassa for Lay Theravadans?

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Vassa for Lay Theravadans?

Postby seanandrews » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:25 am

How do lay Theravadans typically honor Vassa? I have read that it is purely individual, that what one does, another person may not necessarily do. But I have read suggestions of: no meats, no smoking, no luxuries, increase time spent toward studying the dhamma and meditating. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Vassa begins on Wednesday.

How about Asalha Puja? If there is not a temple nearby to which I can take gifts for the monks, how can I properly honor the dhamma beyond what I normally do?


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Re: Vassa for Lay Theravadans?

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:32 am

Continue to walk the path, Sean!
If you wanted to, you could observe the uposotha days during vassa, take uposotha precepts for the duration of vassa, or you could do a retreat.
The important thing is to maintain your practice.

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725

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