I am trying my best to get 4 uposatha days in within any 1 month. I have been looking up the guidelines for these days and I came across this statement in regards as to when certain types of Uposatha should be undertaken.

The link is from access to insight and it is a series of questions about the uposatha answered by Bikkhu Kantasilo.

https://accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors ... ha.html#qa

Basically, my understanding is, there is 3 types of uposatha days, the 1st and second are taken on certain moon days, where the 3rd is taken during the rains retreat. So the first two are of interest to me here.

The article says ''The times for keeping the pakati-uposatha are the 5th, 8th, 14th and 15th of the waxing moon and the 5th, 8th, 14th and 15th of the waning moon.

The times for keeping the pati-jagara-uposatha are the five days of the waxing moon, i.e., the 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and the 13th, and the six days of the waning moon: the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 12th or 13th. That makes eleven days in a month for the observance of this type of Uposatha.''

**So my question has 2parts**

how do we know what days these are?? What is meant by the 5th, 8th days of the waxing or waning moon etc

And also, there are 8 days to one type and 11 days for the other type. But what is the difference between the two? I have just read that''

1. Pakati. It means the ordinary way for fixing uposatha days.

2. Patijagara. It means the way for awakening one frequently from his unbeneficial pursuits, by keeping sila on the days preceding and following the uposatha day.''

So is the first type just the standard and trhe 2nd type seen as optional extras??

how do we know what days these are?? What is meant by the 5th, 8th days of the waxing or waning moon etc

And also, there are 8 days to one type and 11 days for the other type. But what is the difference between the two? I have just read that''

1. Pakati. It means the ordinary way for fixing uposatha days.

2. Patijagara. It means the way for awakening one frequently from his unbeneficial pursuits, by keeping sila on the days preceding and following the uposatha day.''

So is the first type just the standard and trhe 2nd type seen as optional extras??

Thankyou for your time, it is really appreciated.

Anyone looking to learn more about the Uposatha, this is a brilliant collection of suttas and questions and answers etc...

https://accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/ ... satha.html

Anthony