Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

– Lord Buddha

Uposatha days

Uposatha, also known as “observance days,” holds a significant place in the Buddhist tradition. The origins of Uposatha trace back to the time of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. According to Buddhist texts, the Buddha established Uposatha observance days as a means for monks and lay followers to come together, reflect on their spiritual progress, and deepen their commitment to the path of awakening.

Uposatha days are typically tied to lunar phases, occurring on the full moon, new moon, and sometimes the quarter moons. In some Buddhist traditions, Uposatha is observed twice a month, while in others, it aligns with the lunar calendar.

At Buddhist Maha Vihara, these sacred days are observed with reverence and devotion. Monks and laypeople come together for a special Buddha puja, Blessing, and Sutta Chanting. The merits accumulated through the Buddha puja are dedicated to the welfare and happiness of all beings.

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Practices and Observances on Uposatha Days

Buddhists engage in various practices and observances on Uposatha days, aiming to purify their minds, cultivate virtues, and deepen their understanding of Buddhist teachings. These practices may include:

Dhamma Talk

Attending Dharma talks or studying Buddhist scriptures is another way Buddhists engage with the teachings on Uposatha days. These activities serve to deepen understanding, inspire spiritual growth, and reinforce one's commitment to the Buddhist path.

 On Uposatha days, lay Buddhists often undertake the observance of the Five Precepts or the Eight Precepts more diligently than on other days. The Five Precepts entail refraining from harming living beings, stealing, engaging in sexual misconduct, speaking falsely, and consuming intoxicants. The Eight Precepts include additional commitments such as abstaining from eating after noon and avoiding entertainment and adornments.

Making offerings to monastic communities or engaging in acts of generosity towards others are common practices on Uposatha days. Such acts are considered conducive to accumulating merit, purifying the mind, and fostering a spirit of generosity and compassion.

full moon Uposatha days

Full Moon or Poya days hold significant importance in the Buddhist calendar, marking key events in the life of Lord Buddha. Each Poya day corresponds to a full moon, and there are twelve Poya days throughout the lunar calendar year. Let’s delve into the significance of each Poya day:

Duruthu Poya

This marks the first Poya of the year, usually falling in January. It commemorates Lord Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka and the establishment of Buddhism in the country. The Duruthu Perahera in Kelaniya is one of the grandest cultural celebrations in Sri Lanka.

Navam Poya

Falling usually in February, Navam Poya commemorates the Buddha's announcement of his impending passing away. It's a time for reflection and often includes meditation retreats and Dhamma talks.

Medin (Maedhin) Poya:

This Poya, occurring around March, celebrates the appointment of Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Moggallana as the chief disciples of the Buddha. Buddhists use this day for spiritual activities and to strengthen their commitment to the teachings of Buddhism.

Bak Poya:

Also known as Bak Pura Pasaloswaka Poya Day, this special day falls typically in April. Bak Poya marks the second visit of the Buddha during the fifth year of his Supreme Enlightenment, to Sri Lanka. It's a time for pilgrimages to sacred sites and for performing meritorious deeds.

Vesak Poya

Vesak, celebrated in May, is the most significant Poya for Buddhists worldwide. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing away (Parinibbana) of Lord Buddha. Buddhists engage in various religious activities, including visiting temples, offering alms to monks, and participating in lantern processions.

Poson Poya

Poson, usually in June, marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Mahinda, the son of Emperor Ashoka. It's a time for pilgrimages to Anuradhapura, where the main celebrations take place.

Esala Poya

Falling in July, Esala Poya commemorates significant events in Buddhist history, such as the first sermon by Lord Buddha and the beginning of the Bhikkhuni Order. Many devotees participate in religious rituals and seek spiritual enlightenment.

Nikini Poya

 Nikini, occurring in August, is a time for reflection on the Buddha's teachings and for making offerings to monks. It's also a time to observe the principles of generosity and compassion.

Binara Poya

Binara, usually in September, commemorates the Buddha's visit to heaven to preach to his mother, who had been reborn there. Buddhists engage in acts of charity and spiritual reflection.

Vap Poya

Vap, falling in October, marks the beginning of the rainy season retreat (Vassa) for Buddhist monks. Devotees often use this time for intensive meditation and studying the Dhamma.

Il Poya

Il, typically in November, is a time for contemplating the transient nature of life and the importance of practicing mindfulness. Many Buddhists observe Sil (precepts) and participate in meditation retreats.

Unduvap Poya

Unduvap, in December, commemorates the arrival of the Bo tree sapling in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, brought by Sanghamitta Theri, the daughter of Emperor Ashoka. It's a time for religious observances and offerings at temples.

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