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Māgha Pūjā



During the full moon day of March, in a few Asian countries, such as Thailand, is celebrated Māgha Pūjā, an important Buddhist festival. This occasion remembers the spontaneous gathering, to the presence of Buddha Sakyamuni, of a thousand illuminate monks, emphasizing the importance of the Sangha, the community of Buddhist practitioners. Here below you can find the Pali version and the English translation of Ovādapaṭimokkha, the speech that the Buddha gave in this occasion.


Khantī paramaṁ tapo titikkhā nibbānaṁ paramaṁ vadanti buddhā
na hi pabbajito parūpaghāti samaṇo hoti paraṁ viheṭhayanto
sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṁ kusalassa upasampadā
sacittapariyodapanaṁ etaṁ buddhāna sāsanaṁ
anūpavādo anūpaghāto pātimokkhe ca saṁvaro
mattaññutā ca bhattasmiṁ pantañca sayanāsanaṁ
adhicitte ca āyogo etaṁ buddhāna sāsananti

Forbearing patience is the supreme austerity, Nibbāna is supreme say the Buddhas.
One gone forth does not hurt another, (nor does) an ascetic harass.
Not doing any bad deeds, undertaking wholesome (deeds),
and purifying one’s mind – this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.
Not finding fault, not hurting, restraint in regard to the Discipline,
knowing the correct measure in food, (living in) a remote dwelling
being devoted to meditation – this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.