Lunar Observance Pūjā

Lunar Observance Pūjā

Namo Buddhaya 🙏🏻

As you may already know, the Buddhist monastic calendar is based on the lunar cycles.

Every full moon and new moon, monks and nuns of the same locality gather together at their monastery’s sīmā* to recite the pātimokkha, the monastic guidelines. This is called Uposatha, the lunar observance day.

Iti 3.60 Puññakiriyavatthu Sutta

A similar practice is also traditionally held by the lay community** on every quarter moon, that is, once a week.

This is a time when those who are inspired by the Buddha’s teaching and lifestyle will gather in their local monastery, often dressed in white, and dedicate their day to perform selfless service to the saṅgha (Generosity), undertake the five or the eight basic training virtues (Virtue), and meditation (Mental Development).

Dāna, Sīla and Bhāvanā: These are the three grounds for making merits (puñña-kiriya-vatthu), which lead to happiness and peace, as the Buddha brought to light. This is a valued opportunity for them to be a little closer to the deeper peace of monastic life, every week. It is a good way to remember the Dhamma and to remain on the course of goodness. A precious opportunity to remember the things that truly matter in one’s life and to ask questions or guidance to the ven. Bhantes and Ayyas.

Here, at the hermitage, a concise lunar observance is held, every quarter moon, for those interested. There is a short Pūjā starting at 8:00 pm, reciting some central Pāḷi chants and teachings and a meditation session follows just after until 10:00 pm.

Lunar observance days are often regarded as an opportunity to further one’s meditation practice. Often, monks and nuns, as well as lay meditators may practice sitting and walking meditation later into the night. Although our observance will end at 10 pm, those who might wish to practice further are encouraged to continue at home.

Please bear in mind that our infrastructures are very rudimentary and humble. Our Dhamma Hall or meditation area is a teepee with a fire in the middle. Meditators should bring what they think they would need in order to stay warm and comfortable during the pūjā and meditation.

Please note that the teepee will be taken down some time in November and afterwards, we will not have the facilities to host guests for the observance until next spring.

2021 Moon Phases Calendar, Canada BC

Sep6:,  13:,  20:,  28:

Oct6:,  12:,  20:,  28:

Nov4:,  11:,  19:,  27:

Here is a chart from timeanddate.com, you can consult their website below.

https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/canada/vancouver

* A Sīmā is an area determined by the saṅgha to perform important monastic activities such as the Pātimokkha recitation, monks and nuns ordination, etc…

** Upasīkas and upasakas: Female and male lay practitioner or supporters

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