Uposatha Observance Club

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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Thank you Bhante!

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Happy Uposatha Everyone! :anjali:
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-Dhp. 183

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Happy Uposatha! May we all meet with success (spiritually that is, not so much in the markets)! Metta.

Mike
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-Dhp. 183

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Happy uposatha to all of you who are observing the 8 precepts today! 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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Ignoramus questions of the week:

Is uposatha observed on the full AND new moon(s)?

If the new moon is on the 16th why is the above post dated the 17th?
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yes, and the quater moon. they are happen every 6-8 days.
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I observed my first Uposatha day last week. I don't think I did too badly, but before I observe tomorrow, I would like to ask for some pointers.

Last time I turned on the computer in order to use it to listen to a couple of Dhamma talks online, however, out of habit I did find myself logging in to facebook and msn. How important is it that I keep strictly to the 8 precepts? if I find myself indulging in entertainment, is it okay that I simply notice the fact and then stop as soon as I notice (as I did last time)? or would it be better not to even turn the computer on in the first place?

I plan to dedicate my day to meditation and Dhamma study, I'm guessing this is what we are meant to do on Uposatha days, however is there anything else that I might wish to do to strengthen my practice?

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Laurens,

Excellent questions, too bad I'm not qualified to answer out of anything except for my own experience. As a general rule, I like to be as strict as possible about the observance of the precepts whether they be 5, 8, 10, 12 or 227 (not that I've undertaken the patimokkha in this lifetime). An despite the fact that I am strict with myself about the precepts that doesn't mean I don't goof up occasionally-it just means I don't blur the lines for myself and see my akusala kamma for what it is. As for noticing when we're doing something wrong and ceasing to do so I think that doing so is one of the best definitions of right mindfulness. Sounds like you're off to a great start to me but please don't hesitate to ask more knowledgeable folk than me for pointers. Also, if you haven't joined our Facebook club, we have a thread for Confession of Faults so we can air out those slip-ups and get on with our practice. May you be well, happy and at peace!

Metta,

Mike
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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.
Because local Sanghas do not observe Uposatha or have traditions for this, I have been doing this on my own. Is it important to observe the date identified on the calendar, or to observe the actual moon phase date. For example, the quarter moon was Tuesday, but the calendar identifies THursday as the day of observance.
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Monkey Mind wrote:
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.
Because local Sanghas do not observe Uposatha or have traditions for this, I have been doing this on my own. Is it important to observe the date identified on the calendar, or to observe the actual moon phase date. For example, the quarter moon was Tuesday, but the calendar identifies THursday as the day of observance.
I'd say whichever you think is easier to routinely do! but the observance is worked out according to a special calculation I believe so that is why it is sometimes different.
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Manapa wrote: but the observance is worked out according to a special calculation I believe so that is why it is sometimes different.
Thank you.
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as others are, so am I."
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Happy Uposatha Everyone! May everyone observing reap great fruit and benefit! :anjali:
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Happy Uposatha! :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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