Some people may be under the impression that Buddhists are far too serious to celebrate something like the full moon, but it couldn’t be further from the truth! As I’m writing this, a potent Buddhist observation date is coming up—namely, the full moon of March 28th.
Like all full moon days, as well as new moon days, this one is a cause for celebration in the name of your spiritual practice. Since the full moon is one of the most sacred times in the Buddhist calendar, let it inspire you to make this one and all moon days true holy-days for you. Whether you choose to focus on your meditation practice, offering a generous meal, or engage in a spring cleaning of your house in the name of purification, this is a good time to do so. Full moon days are potent times for focusing on formal practice such as calm abiding and sadhanas.
The phases of the moon represent the path of death and birth, reflected in bodies of water, just as in the fertile female body. The 28 days of the moon cycle always invite us to the repetitive cycle of planting seeds of good wishes to reaching fullness and then of beginning over again.
To make use of a complete cycle, plant your good wishes on new moons and let the time of the full moon be the culmination of your wishes for manifesting a kinder world for all.
There is always a chance to start fresh with the new moon, just as forgiveness, manifesting, and letting go are supported by the full moon’s time.
Siddharta Gautama, who later became known as the Buddha, was born on a full moon. His renunciation of a lifestyle in extreme abundance was on a full moon. He became enlightened on a full moon and finally left his human form under a full moon—all in the spirit of intention, completion, and manifestation.
Traditional Buddhist societies observe the lunar calendar instead of the solar calendar used in the west. This is true, with few exceptions, such as the western-made lunar-inspired We’Moon calendar.
One of my poems,” Redemption,” written in honor of my African and Native American ancestors, is in the print to be published in this legendary We’Moon calendar, the edition of 2022 called:” The Magical Dark!”
To have an inclusion of my work in this longstanding lunar calendar in collaboration with international women’s cultures is a true honor. The inclusion of my poem in the We’Moon calendar is a manifestation of my intentions. It is a complete cycle that has culminated into an expression in a true spirit of the full moon that I’m so excited to share with you! It will be available to order in a few months.
Until then, to get some guided inspiration right off the bat to kick-off this Fullmoon holy-day, find me on YouTube or Sound Cloud for guided meditations.
And if nothing else, allow this full moon to be a time for non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go. These attitudes support each other and are deeply interconnected. Practicing one will lead to the others.