Greetings UBA minions and groupies! Hope your summer has been great so far!!! :D
Anyways, heres a little Buddhist knowledge for you all. Today is actually a Buddhist Holiday!!!! Today is Asalha Puja, one of the 3 major holidays in Theravada Buddhism (along with Vesak and Magha Puja Day).
Following the Lord Buddha’s enlightenment on His 35th birthday, the full moon day of the 6th lunar month, the now Fully Self-Enlightened One sat at His enlightenment seat in awe and disbelief, hardly able to believe He had attained supreme enlightenment. Unsure if there was anyone in the world capable of understanding the profound truth, or Dhamma, He discovered, the Lord Buddha stayed at the location of His enlightenment for 49 days, wondering whether or not He should bother trying to teach others the truth He discovered.
Eventually, the Lord Buddha concluded that He would try to teach the Dhamma, for the benefit of all living beings, for there were indeed some people capable of understanding it. The Lord Buddha concluded that the best students to teach His first Dhamma sermon were His own meditation masters from when He first left the palace, but after a quick scan of the world with His enlightenment eye, The Lord Buddha saw that His masters had already passed on. He then decided that He would teach the 5 ascetics who practiced extreme asceticism with Him before His enlightenment and set off to a Deer Park in Sarnath to teach them.
On the full moon day of the 8th lunar month, The Lord Buddha met the 5 ascetics and gave His first Dhamma sermon, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, or the Turning of the Wheel of the Dhamma Sutra/discourse in which He outlined the Middle Way, the Four Noble Truths, and the Noble Eightfold Path. This day was also the day that constitutes the first Buddhist monks, when the 5 ascetics become the Lord Buddha’s first disciples following the sermon. This day is the day the Triple Gem/Three Jewels became complete, the Buddha emerged 2 months earlier, the Dhamma/truth is forever, and on this day the Sangha came to be. This day is known as Asalha Puja Day.
In addition to this holiday, it is also the eve of Buddhist Lent. Due to the nature of things during the Indian rainy season, when monks travelled during the rainy season they would accidentally damage crops or step on insects. As a result, the Lord Buddha decreed that monks shall not travel much and must stay overnight at a single location during the rainy season unless absolutely necessary. Instead of travelling to spread the Dhamma, the rainy season was to be used for spiritual development by the Buddhist clergy. Buddhist Lent starts the day after Asalha Puja Day, or tomorrow and lasts 3 months, the whole Indian rainy season.
Asalha Puja Day and Buddhist Lent are of major importance in Theravada Buddhism, but isnt celebrated as much in other sects. Buddhist Lent particularly, is about the rainy season, so mainly Mahayana Buddhists from countries with a rainy season, such as Vietnam, even recognize the period.
Hope you guys enjoyed the lesson. Till next time.
Hey folks!!! well, its that time of year again. The end of the year!! Last friday was UBA’s end of the year banquet, for those of you who missed it, we went to Shabu World and Tea station for some UBA fun and last minute bonding. We also had a pleasant surprise for UBA’s summer bday folks and graduating seniors!!! After an awesome senior gifts display and a touching farewell speech from our graduating founder, I say the banquet was quite the success. If you missed out on the fun and joy dont worry. We’ll be here next school year :)
On a side note, finals is coming up!! dont give up or give in, if your under too much stress, just calm your mind and meditate the stress away. You can do it folks!!! Thats all for this school year :,)
Who likes shabu shabu? Come join UBA this Friday for yummy food at Shabu World! We’ll be meeting at 5pm at Peterson Loop. Get to know the other club members and bid farewell to our graduating seniors. Hope to see you there ~
Contact an officer for details if you wanna come.
Hey folks!! UBA’s last GBM of the quarter was last Thursday! For those who missed it, we had UCSD Professor and Intensati instructor Karen Dopkins discuss Buddhism and the benefits of mindfulness with us. The meeting was so engaging we actually ran over time quite a bit.
For those of you who missed GBM, an announcement was made, there will be no student Sangha week 9. Instead UBA will be hosting some end of the year social events. Contact an officer or keep up with us on FB if you want more info!
ATTENTION!!! URGENT!!! WARNING!!!
Now that I have your attention, time to dish out some important info UBAers. Sunday, May 18th, WRITE THAT DOWN!! I repeat Sunday May 18th, will be UCSD UBA’s biggest event EVER!!!! The Vesak Celebration conference!! The event will take place from 10:30am-1:30pm at UCSD, in the multipurpose room in the Student Services center (near Yogurt World). The event will feature esteemed speakers, campus performers, fun activities and FREE FOOD!!!! So you dont wanna miss it!!!
Some background about the event, Each year one of the Southern California UC’s (UCLA, UCI, UCR, UCSD) hosts the Vesak celebration, inviting the Buddhist clubs from all the other campuses to come and enjoy the event with them. This year it is UCSD UBA’s turn to host the event for the first time in its history. The event is FREE, features free food and raffle prizes, and is totally open to the public! So come one, come all!!
A little background about Vesak, Vesak is the day celebrated worldwide as the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. It is typically celebrated on the full moon of the 5th lunar month. It is the biggest holiday in Buddhism and UCSD UBA is proud to host this year’s annual conference so we can celebrate the common element that brings us together, the Lord Buddha and His teachings. Hope to see you all there!!!
Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/q2lgfzw
For updates and info for the event visit: http://uba.ucsd.edu/vesak2014.html
Our FB group for the event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/471004356365095/
***Interested in volunteering? We will need people to help with set up, take down, and transport materials during the morning and afternoon. If you are interested in helping us out, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.***
Greetings UBAers. Our next GBM will be in the Red Shoe Room in PC Sun God lounge at 8pm Thursday, May 8th
The GBM will be a student led GBM with story time!! When the Buddha was alive He often told stories to use as examples to make His teachings more concrete and tangible. This GBM we will be reading and discussing some (obviously not all) of the 547 which detail the Lord Buddha’s previous lives as a Bodhisattva and the morals/teachings behind them.
Hope to see y’all there! :D feel free to bring a blankey and some hot chocolate!! :)
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Grettings UBA followers. College is a really stressful part of life, and Im sure we do lots of things we shouldnt. Sooooo….why dont you take a small break from the hectic college stress and take a load off with this an insightful story.