Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ken's Moon Observance (video)

Ken Henderson, Ananda (Dharma Buddhist Meditation), Dhr. Seven (ed.), Ellie Askew, Wisdom Quarterly; Ven. Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu "Ask A Monk: Uposatha Observance"
(Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu) "Is it okay to practice Uposatha once a month instead of the usual weekly times?" Submit questions: youtube.com/yuttadhammo.

The lunar observance is an ancient tradition.
Uposatha is the "Sabbath" lunar observance (on Moon Days not Sun Days) the Buddha advocated as an ancient tradition of great benefit. With support it is an excellent chance to practice restraint in the form of the Eight Precepts. This leaves the most time for meditation.

This is the year 2020 (2563).
Our friend Ken Henderson feels the inner urge to observe the day the Buddha praised so highly. Except for browsing some news websites in the morning, Ken took his last meal at noon. Then he listened to online meditations and Dharma talks by Western monastics. He knew when best to practice because Forest Sangha has an excellent observance calendar (splendidmoons.github):

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