Ramadhan Kareem!

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Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:34 am

Hi everyone,

I'm currently fasting for Ramadhan as I have done since I married a Muslim girl a decade ago. In terms of belief, our household is generally Buddhist but we're culturally Muslim if that makes any sense. I've always found Ramadhan to be a great spiritual practice and was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences to share.

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KB
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by DNS » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:02 pm

Cool. :thumbsup:

Good luck with the fasting, hope it goes well.

I spent 2 years in Israel during my high school years. I had a Muslim friend there. One year I fasted with him, out of solidarity. It felt very good and healthy. It might have helped with my ease toward the Buddhist practice I do now on at least 5-6 days per week of eating just one large meal around lunch time.

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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:43 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Cool. :thumbsup:

Good luck with the fasting, hope it goes well.

I spent 2 years in Israel during my high school years. I had a Muslim friend there. One year I fasted with him, out of solidarity. It felt very good and healthy. It might have helped with my ease toward the Buddhist practice I do now on at least 5-6 days per week of eating just one large meal around lunch time.
Thanks David! The one sessioner's rule is another practice I'd like to take up when the kids are a little older.
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Iconodule » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:52 pm

I was in Istanbul during Ramadan a few years ago, and it was a beautiful experience to see everyone coming out at night and having a good time. It was a very friendly and festive atmosphere. I didn't participate in the fast myself, mainly because my own tradition has its own fasting rules that are hard enough for me to maintain.
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:57 pm

Iconodule wrote:I was in Istanbul during Ramadan a few years ago, and it was a beautiful experience to see everyone coming out at night and having a good time. It was a very friendly and festive atmosphere. I didn't participate in the fast myself, mainly because my own tradition has its own fasting rules that are hard enough for me to maintain.
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by John Reeves » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:36 am

Hi Khalil Bodhi, I am not familiar with the fasting dates and rules around Ramadhan, could you tell me a little more please?

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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Lhamo » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:35 am

Khalil Bodhi wrote:... was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences to share.
I was used to a regular one-day-fasting twice or four times a month. This was from the Hindu culture and also in Buddhism there are fasting days one can observe. But right now I don't do it.
The most intense fasting experience for me was the Avalokiteshvara Fasting Ritual, where we spend several days with a certain fasting schedule and intense recitations. I think, that ritual is some hundred years old. Feels like getting in touch with Avalokiteshvara and the former generations of practicioners.

Always a good experience.
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Iconodule » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:40 am

I think you are talking about the nyungne. I did one of those and it was quite intense.
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by SarathW » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:31 pm

if anyone else has had similar experiences to share.
The greatest experience I have in Ramadhan is looking at the sky to see the crescent moon and the star, not to mention about the enjoying fresh dates you can buy in the shops.

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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Lhamo » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:34 pm

Iconodule wrote:I think you are talking about the nyungne. I did one of those and it was quite intense.
Yes, I'm always unsure how to write it.
Intense, yes, but everybody survived with a happy shining face. Our last breakfast before parting was an extremely joyous uplifting sacred event. :)
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Re: Ramadhan Kareem!

Post by Iconodule » Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:24 pm

Lhamo wrote:
Iconodule wrote:I think you are talking about the nyungne. I did one of those and it was quite intense.
Yes, I'm always unsure how to write it.
Intense, yes, but everybody survived with a happy shining face. Our last breakfast before parting was an extremely joyous uplifting sacred event. :)
I was definitely glad I did it, but it was tough for me because the center I attended was almost entirely Chinese practitioners and the instruction and texts were all in Chinese. I tried to follow along with my broken Mandarin but I couldn't really get some of the more complex visualizations, so I didn't benefit as much as I could have. Still, an experience I won't forget.
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