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Theravada holidays

Postby Tex » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:41 am

Greetings, all.

I searched and didn't see a thread on Theravada holidays.

I'm only aware of Visakha Puja, Magha Puja, and Asalha Puja, are there others?

How do you celebrate these holidays yourself? Any tips for beginners, or those who don't have a sangha close by? How are these days typically celebrated in different cultures?

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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:37 pm

The Kathina' festival is another one, when usually one family from the lay members donates new robes for the monks. Others bring other gifts and essentials for the monks (October).

Another poya day I like is the Sanghamitta Day on the Full Moon of December. It celebrates Ven. Sanghamitta, daughter of King Ashoka, for going to Sri Lanka with a Bodhi Tree sapling (tree is still alive today) and spreading Buddhism there. It provides a holiday honoring a great female disciple.
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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:59 pm

Here is a great report on Sanghamitta Day, by Dhamma Wheel member Bhikkhu Samahita:

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/U ... ya_Day.htm

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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:18 pm

In Burma, Mahāsamaya Day is widely celebrated

The Fullmoon Day of Maha Samaya Day is in June.
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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:36 am

i just got home from celebrating magha puja day by spending the weekend at my temple and taking the 8 precepts. thats what i do for holidays
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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby DhammaDan » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:59 am

jcsuperstar wrote:i just got home from celebrating magha puja day by spending the weekend at my temple and taking the 8 precepts. thats what i do for holidays


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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:04 pm

no, im fine, they stuff me at lunch at the wat, and normally at home i only eat like once a day so i'm good.
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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:52 pm

When you decide to follow the 8 precepts or when you just want to eat one meal, just be sure to do the following:

1. Eat until you are full or even a little more.
2. If you normally eat 2200 calories per day, eat about 1500 to 1800 for the one meal at lunch or a little less if you had breakfast.
3. Don't eat the same amount at lunch that you usually do if you would eat 3 meals a day. You need to eat much more.

In the end, you will consume less calories by eating one meal (usually) even though it is a large meal. You will lose weight if you are currently over-weight.

It's a great diet and it is easy once you get used to it!
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Re: Theravada holidays

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:25 pm

especially since its early in the day and you have lots of tim eto work off those calories!
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