Friday, April 27, 2012

Buddhist June Full Moon Poson

Buddhist June Full Moon Poson
Ven. Chandawimila, Ph.D. (Singapore) and Discern Quarterly

The normal biweekly PHASES OF THE MOON designate the new and full moon obedience days

"The Poson" full-moon obedience day celebration is one of the esteemed Buddhist ceremonies in Sri Lanka, flash only to Vesak (or "Buddhist Xmas").

This special parade commemorates the invasion of Buddhism in Sri Lanka from India. It is done out of appreciation to the arhat (enlightened innate) Mahinda, son of the ruler Ashoka. The ruler sent a messenger venture to the islet consisting of arhats:

Ittiya, Uttiya, Sambhala, Bhaddasala, Samanera Sumana, and Upasaka Bhandhuka inside in Sri Lanka on the full moon day of June in the year 236 of BCE. The ruler and the Sri Lankan King Devanampiyatissa ("treasured by"devas") were ceremony friends who had never met. So adjacent were they that the ruler sent his son.

Arhat Mahinda is treasured in Sri Lanka with a special personification "Flash Buddha Maha Mahinda" ("Anubudu Mihindu"). This is not an pretentiousness to the same degree arhat Mahinda was the one who introduced Theravada Buddhism to Sri Lanka. If Theravada Buddhism exists in the world today, it is to the same degree of him.

Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos are the esteemed Theravada countries in the world today. Sri Lankan culture is based on Theravada Buddhism. Written and uttered dialogue, the scriptural dialogue Pali, arts, architecture, and culture are the bequest of Buddhism arriving on the islet.

Moment in time Vesak is national commended, "Poson" is meticulous to Sri Lankan Buddhism to the same degree it way the earlier period beginning of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Buddhists who halt in other countries accessory it generally the world: Singapore has a very big celebration as well as Los Angeles' countless Sri Lankan temples.

Sri Lankan king listeners the messenger arhat Mahinda

Featuring in Poson general public place an stress on practicing the Dharma ("pratipatti puja") observing the Eight Precepts at monasteries and Dharma centers. Selected gifts (bending "dana") is practiced as well. On the islet, hundreds of thousands of general public escort Mihintale, the earlier period weathered monastery, wherever King Devanampiyatissa met Mahinda for the untimely time.

By means of copious meritorious events performed on "Poson", represent are:

* Observing the Eight Precepts
* Poson Arrogance
* Hand over free food and drinks

Observing in addition precepts is one of the esteemed parts of every full moon obedience day. Plentiful decree schools dilemma Eight Opinion programs for students concerning "Poson" week, which happens nowhere else in the world.

"Pilgrims love to dimension a bend (Mihintalava") on which Mahinda landed with his messenger group. It is alleged that the seven members had pungent psychic powers through meditation and inside on that bend neither by land nor sea. They appeared by scale of psychic power.

Departure from these happenings, represent are countless other meritorious whereabouts departure on all exceptional the country:

* visiting hospitals
* donating blood
* unreserved service
* apportion the pitiable
* setting free cows from beat

Hand over lights in the name of the Three Ornaments and Mahinda is one of the esteemed happenings at Mihintale Monastery, wherever the sum zone is illuminated with traditional oil lamps and exciting lights. This manifestation reflects the light of wisdom he brought to Sri Lanka, a land that became a supreme preserver of the Dharma.