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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 13, 2010 9:40 am

Happy uposatha day everyone! Just in case anyone needs a quick review of the 8 precepts I've included them below:


The Eight Precepts:
1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. Abrahmacariya veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.
4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
6. Vikalabhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after noon).
7. Nacca-gita-vadita-visukkadassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanathana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
8. Uccasayana-mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.


May your observance bear great fruit!

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Agent » Thu May 13, 2010 3:04 pm

Not sure if this has already been posted elsewhere, but I came across a good audio file of the 8 Precepts by the Amaravati Sangha.
Vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 13, 2010 3:31 pm

Thanks Agent! Sadhu!
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-Dhp. 183

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 20, 2010 1:09 pm

Tomorrow (or today depending on your location) is an uposatha day! Oh, and don't forget that Vesak is next week on the 28th! Sukhi hotu!
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-Dhp. 183

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Maitri » Mon May 24, 2010 1:58 am

Thanks for starting this observance club. I'm looking forward to learning to keep the 8 precepts on Uposatha dates as a way to strengthen my practice. I took off this past Friday from work for a personal Vesak day and enjoyed it as a time for being alone, quiet and reflective. I am looking forward to the 28th as well, it has been a full month of activities around here!

ATI has a great intro to Uposatha observance as well for noobs like me http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel206.html#uposatha

Thanks again for making this support on FB! :namaste:
May all beings be well, happy, calm, and at ease.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon May 24, 2010 9:38 am

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
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 PeterB » Mon May 24, 2010 9:41 am

Uposatha observance has posed some practical problems for me. I am now reducing my number of work hours, so my intention is to become more observant in this very useful practice.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:44 am

Happy Uposatha everyone!
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 Agent » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:01 pm

I totally forgot Uposatha is today. One of those rare occasions when it's a day earlier than the previous week.

Anyhow, Happy Uposatha to those more mindful than I am!
Vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:39 pm

Happy Uposatha! It completely caught me by surprise.
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 Mawkish1983 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:31 pm

I thought I'd have a go renewing my practice today, but I've only managed to keep the big five precepts. I'll try again next week. I want to step my practice up a gear...
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Sobeh » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:51 pm

Saturday is uposatha (well, based on one calendar), which may already be today for you based on your time zone. Good day for it.
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Agent » Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:42 pm

Works for me. I'm observing today anyway since I missed it yesterday.
Weekend Upsothas are quite good. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Anicca » Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:49 am

One hectic day - i don't like to realize just as it is ending that is is a special day. Oh well, got a few hours left at least - time to sit!
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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:37 pm

I've missed a couple but tomorrow's an uposatha day. May its observance benefit all beings! And here's a great link to an uposatha day teaching: http://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/noble-eightfold-path-right-effort/ Sukhitaa hontu!
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 EricJ » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:12 am

Random question: At time is the uposatha considered to have begun? This seems like it could have practical implications in terms of observing the Eight Precepts, and the eighth in particular. I am planning on sleeping on the floor in observance of this particular precept but I don't know if I am should do so the night before the uposatha or the night of the uposatha. I go to bed fairly late (usually after midnight) due to my job and my own proclivities.

Thanks!


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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Admiral » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:50 pm

Thanks a lot, I'm applying right now for this club :D

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Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:32 am

Tomorrow's an uposatha day just in case anybody forgot. May you all gain great fruit and benefit from your practice tomorrow whether or not you are able to observe. Sukhita hontu!
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: Who's on Facebook?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:53 am

Greetings,

Khalil Bodhi wrote:I'm in the Facebook too. Incidentally, I think I saw you joined the Uposatha Observance Club!

Speaking of which, is it possible that the Uposatha Event Invitations specify whether it's the full-moon Uposatha or not?

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Re: Who's on Facebook?

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:27 am

retrofuturist wrote:Speaking of which, is it possible that the Uposatha Event Invitations specify whether it's the full-moon Uposatha or not?

That's a good idea. As is keeping an eye on the moon itself. Though if you do, you'll notice that the formula that is used for the calculation sometimes seems a little off. This is partly due to time-zone effects, but I don't think that's the complete explanation.

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