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Uposatha - Buddhist Day of Observance

Uposatha - Buddhist Day of Observance

Uposatha, the Buddhist Day of Observance is a day to cleanse of the defiled mind to find inner calm and joy. It is a day for believers to deepen their knowledge and intensify their commitment to keep the Five Precepts of Buddha's teachings. 

The Date Varies depending on the country and culture. Similar to the Christian Sunday or Jewish Sabbath, Uposatha is observed about once a week on specific days. 

In many Theravada countries, Uposatha is observed with the four lunar phases: new moon, full moon, and two quarter moons. Some only observe the full and new moons. 

In Mahayana countries that use the Chinese calendar, the Uposatha days are typically observed ten times a month, on the 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and final three days of each lunar month. 

It is a day of meditation and commitment to Buddhism and the teachings. 

 

Uposatha - Buddhist Day of Observance