Posted by: Upāsaka | 07/19/2016

Happy Uposatha – Asalha Puja Day 

It’s Asalha Puja Day and yet another chance to observe the Eight Precepts. This year, however, in addition to observing and (hopefully) spending more time on formal practice I will also be committing to a three month fast from buying anything for myself other than food. So why am I doing this? 

Ostensibly, my purchases all look good and fall within our budget but how many books, shirts and tools does someone need to have enough?  When I consider just how much stuff I own I get a little nauseous. In fact, when I was organizing the house the other day I kept finding things that I’d forgotten I even owned. Clearly something is wrong here. Imagine what a hoard I could amass if I owned a house in the suburbs instead of renting a tiny apartment in Manhattan! Frightening! 

So, in addition to fading from consumption I’m making the aditthana right now to make a gift of something each day to someone. No matter how big or small I resolve to gift a possession every day for a month. At the end of the month. 

Wishing you all on this Dhamma Day! 


  1. Wishing you well as well :)!

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