Uposatha Observance Club

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:53 am

Greetings,

Gosh darn it... I forgot all about it today.

Even still - it was quite a mindful day, and I got to read some more of my expanded edition of the Dhammapada, complete with the stories.

:buddha1:

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:03 am

Retro,

You may be in luck. If you go by the days that Samahita Bhikkhu emailed me last week then tomorrow is really the uposatha! I was considering it but then I realized that it's Valentine's Day here in the US tomorrow so I decided that to forget about it and live to observe another day. :tongue: Anyway, be well and best wishes. Metta.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:09 am

Hi Khalil and Retro

Happy observance day. Sounds like an appropriate antidote to valentine's day insanity.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:31 pm

Ben wrote:Hi Khalil and Retro

Happy observance day. Sounds like an appropriate antidote to valentine's day insanity.
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or unhappy valentines day stupidity!
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:51 pm

Happy uposatha day everyone! :anjali:
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:16 am

Happy uposatha day! BTW it's Magha Puja for anyone who's interested. Be well.
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-Dhp. 183

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Stuart » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:27 pm

Hi,

I've made a google calendar for the Forest Sangha Observance Days as given in the Forest Sangha Newsletter. I have made this calendar public, so in theory anyone who has an ical calendar can share this calendar. The Google message says:

Please use the following address to access your calendar from other applications.
You can copy and paste this into any calendar product that supports the ical format.

http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/765f198bt754kln8mpunua2mms%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics


If anyone tries it, can they let me know if it works - I haven't tested it.

Stuart
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:27 pm

Thanks Stuart. BTW, tomorrow is an uposatha day everyone! Happy uposatha and may your observance be of great fruit and benefit! Metta!

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-Dhp. 183

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby James the Giant » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:56 am

Khalil, I'd like to thank you for starting and maintaining this page, and the facebook notifications, it's great to be reminded.
I don't always join in, but on the odd days that I can, it's very beneficial to be reminded.

Thanks!
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:29 am

It's my pleasure! Thank you and be well!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby appicchato » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:43 am

Stuart wrote:http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/765f198bt754kln8mpunua2mms%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Spiffy...thank you... :smile:

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:28 pm

Happy Uposatha Everyone! :anjali:
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:18 pm

Happy Uposatha Day Everyone!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:10 pm

Happy Uposatha Day Everyone!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:12 am

Hello Everyone,

Tomorrow is an uposatha day yet again! For those of you who are unfamiliar, I found this brief description here on Access to Insight:

Uposatha days are times of renewed dedication to Dhamma practice, observed by lay followers and monastics throughout the world of Theravada Buddhism.

For monastics, these are often days of more intensive reflection and meditation. In many monasteries physical labor (construction projects, repairs, etc.) is curtailed. On New Moon and Full Moon days the fortnightly confession and recitation of the Bhikkhu Patimokkha (monastic rules of conduct) takes place.

Lay people observe the Eight Precepts on Uposatha days, as a support for meditation practice and as a way to re-energize commitment to the Dhamma. Whenever possible, lay people use these days as an opportunity to visit the local monastery, in order to make special offerings to the Sangha, to listen to Dhamma, and to practice meditation with Dhamma companions late into the night. For those not closely affiliated with a local monastery, it can simply be an opportunity to step up one's efforts in meditation, while drawing on the invisible support of millions of other practicing Buddhists around the world.

The calendar of Uposatha days is calculated using a complex traditional formula that is loosely based on the lunar calendar, with the result that the dates do not always coincide with the actual astronomical dates. To further complicate matters, each sect within Theravada Buddhism tends to follow a slightly different calendar.


May we all taste true happiness in this lifetime! Metta.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:46 pm

Tomorrow is an uposatha day! May everyone on DW meet with success (whether observing the uposatha or not)! Sukhita hontu!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:52 pm

Greetings,

By my timezone and by my calendar it's Uposatha right now.

I'm not feeling particularly well today, so I don't think the precept on food after midday ought to be too much of a problem.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

Never again...

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:07 am

Retro,

Sorry to hear that. I hope you feel better soon. Mettaya.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed May 05, 2010 3:58 pm

Everyone,

Tomorrow is the uposatha! I wish everyone success whether or not you're observing! And don't forget that we have a Facebook group if you're interested in learning more: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1 ... 279&ref=ts
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
Kiva-Theravada Buddhists:http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists
My Practice Blog:
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby tilakkhana » Fri May 07, 2010 9:30 pm

I'd requested to join. I would like to attempt to keep the 8 precepts on these days. I enjoy keeping them when I am at Amaravati Monastery.


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