Makha Bucha Day
ACROSS THAILAND, MARCH 28
Makha Bucha Day is a Bhuddist religious observance of an event in which, firstly, 1,250 Buddhist monks congregated on this day some 2,500 years ago without prior announcement or acknowledgement to hear the Buddha deliver a Dhamma lecture. Secondly, all 1,250 monks were ordained personally by the Buddha. Thirdly, all 1,250 monks had attained enlightenment. And fourthly, it was on the night of a full moon.
It was 9 full months after the Buddha got the Enlightenment, on the full moon day of 6th lunar month, 45 years before the Buddhist era. On the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month, Makha, of the year, 4 special events happened:
- There were 1,250 Sangha followers, that came to see the Buddha that evening without any schedule.
- All of them were "Arhantas', the Enlightened One, and all of them were ordained by the Buddha himself.
- The Buddha gave those Arhantas the principles of the Buddhism, called "The Ovadhapatimokha". Those principles are: - To cease from all evil, - To do what is good, - To cleanse one's mind;
- It was the full moon day.
Another important event, which happened on the same days (the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month) 44 years later, the last year of the Buddha's life, he decided to 'Parinibbhana', nirvana, leave the mind from the body or die. 3 months after that day (on the full moon day of the six lunar month -- we known as 'Visakha Bucha Day').
ACTIVITIES TO BE OBSERVED ON
MAKHA BUCHA DAY
TAM BOON : Making merit by going to temples for special observances, making merit, listening to Dhamma preaching, giving some donations and join in the other Buddhist activities.
RUB SIL : Keeping the Five Precepts, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks and all kinds of immoral acts.
TAK BARD : Offering food to the monks and novices (in the alm bowl).
Practice of renuciation : Observe the Eight Precepts, practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
VIEN TIEN : Attending the Candle Light Procession around the Uposatha Hall, in the evening of the Vesak full moon day.