Five Routines of the Lord Buddha - Buddhism, Philosophy, and Khmer Literature


Buddhism, Philosophy, and Khmer Literature

The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely at liberating sentient beings from suffering. The Basic Teachings of Buddha which are core to Buddhism are: The Three Universal Truths; The Four Noble Truths; and The Noble Eightfold Path.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Five Routines of the Lord Buddha

Five Routines of the Lord Buddha (Buddha-Kicca)

1.PUREBHATTA (Before Meal)
In the early morning, the Buddha rises up, and surveys with the Buddha-eyes which beings He should instruct. Then He goes for alms and preaches the Dhamma accordingly. Then He comes back to the temple and partakes of food. (Approximately from 6 to 11 am)

2.PACCHA-BHATTA (After Meal)
Immediately after taking food, the Buddha warns the monks to be vigilant for ever as the human life is brief. Then He gives instructions on meditation to monks. Then He takes some rest. (This may be from 11 am to 1 pm). In the afternoon and the evening, the Buddha is engaged in preaching to those who come for listening to the Dhamma. In this way, the whole afternoon and evening is spent for laity. (This probably is from 1.00 to 6.00p.m)

3.PURIMA-YĀMA(The first watch of night)
Monks usually come, ask questions to clear off their doubts and also ask instructions which are suitable for the monks. This may cover a period of four hours, approximately from 6.00 to 10.00 p.m.

4.MAJJHIMA-YĀMA (The middle watch of night)
After the departure of monks, first deities (Devas) and then Brahmas come, ask questions. The Buddha has to preach to them and get rid of their doubts. A period of four hours (probably from 10.00 pm to 2.00 am) is spent for the sake of divine beings.

5.PACCHIMA-YĀMA (The last watch of night)
One third of this period (approx. from2.00 to 6.00a.m) is spent in walking, and the second part in sleeping, and the last part in surveying beings those who are appropriate for instructions or enlightenment. Therefore, we may divide the last watch like this:­
          2.00to 3.20 am:        Walking
         3.20to 4.40 am:        Sleeping
          4.40 to 6.00 am:        Surveying beings suitable for enlightenment
          These are very remarkable routines of the Buddha. He gets up early in the morning. He will see the people whom He could help during the day He uses Dibba-cakkhu (Divine eyes).

The Teaching of the Buddha (p 82-87)

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