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.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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