Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/08/2019

Ramadhan Mubarak – Nekkhamma

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I’ll make a trade:
aging for the Ageless,
burning for the Unbound:
the highest peace,
the unexcelled rest
from the yoke.

— Thag 1.32

The practice of fasting is the practice of renunciation and, during Ramadhan, Muslims are asked not only to fast from food and drink during the daylight hours but from all of the attachments that burn is so badly: sexual pleasure, harsh speech and a hate-filled mind. And although observant Muslims are meant to keep their mind on Allah throughout, there is much that a Buddhist can learn from the practice otherwise (unless of course you decide to practice devanussati and then you, too, will be doing an almost identical practice).

As I fast for Ramadhan, may I purify my thoughts, speech and deeds. May I watch my mind and practice nekkhamma parami with my Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world.

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