The Supermoons of 2019
The Buddhist Lunar Observance
The uposatha (Sanskrit, upavasatha) is a Buddhist day of observance that has been in existence since the Buddha's time (600 BCE). It is still being kept to this day in Buddhist countries.
The Buddha taught that this lunar observance day is for "the cleansing of the defiled mind (heart)," resulting in inner calm and joy.
On this day, both lay and monastic members of the Buddhist community (sangha) intensify their practice, deepen their knowledge, and express communal commitment through millennia-old acts of lay-monastic reciprocity.
On these days the lay followers make a conscious effort to keep the Five Precepts or eight precepts (as tradition suggests, since this is also called the "fasting" day because one does not eat after noon when observing the eight precepts). It is a day for practicing the Buddha's teachings and meditation in particular. More