Ms Lam Su Lin
After the Buddha’s Enlightenment,
He endeavoured his best to enlighten others and liberate them from the
ills of life.
Buddha considered the most energetic
and the most active religious teacher that ever lived;
Buddha’s day is occupied
with His religious activities except when He has to Attend to His own
Buddha was methodical and
systematic in the performance of His daily activities;
inner life was one of meditation and experiencing of Nibbanic bliss
while His outer life was one of selfless service for the moral upliftment
for the world.
Buddha’s Day Was Divided Into 5 Sessions
1. The Forenoon
Session (6a.m. – 12 noon)
Spiritual Assistance to all Beings;
As a rule, He went in search of the Vicious and the Impure; e.g. Anguilimala,
and the Wicked Demon Alavaka. The Pure and Virtuous came in search of
Him, e.g. Visakha, Anathapindika ‘the generous millionaire’ and Intellectual
Sariputta and Moggallana came up to Him for Spiritual Guidance.
Immediately after Lunch
2. The Afternoon Session (12 noon – 6 p.m.)
Buddha takes a seat in the Monastery. Bhikkhus assemble to listen to
Dhamma. Some approach Him for suitable objects of meditation, others
retire to their cells.
After Discourse, He retires to His Perfumed Chamber to rest.
Attains to the Ecstasy of Great Compassion, surveys the World with His
Divine Eye, provides spiritual advice to Bhikkhus, admonishes the erring
disciples and retires to His Chamber.
Lay followers flock to Him to hear the Dhamma. Buddha preaches for
one hour. As a rule, Buddha converts others through homely illustrations
and parables, appealing more to the intellect than to emotion.
Only on rare occasions as in the case of Anguilimala and Khema did the
Buddha resort to His Psychic Powers to effect a change of Heart in His
3. The First Watch (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
for instructions to the Bhikkhus :-
Questions on the intricacies
of the Dhamma;
Suitable objects of meditation;
Clarification of doubts.
4. The Middle Watch (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.)
Celestial Beings such as Devas and Brahmas question Him on the intricacies
of the Dhamma. Several discourses and answers given to their queries recorded
in Samyutta Nikaya.
5. The Last Watch (2.a.m. – 6 a.m.)
The wee hours of the morning comprise of :-
2-3 a.m. – Paces, as a mild
form of exercise;
3-4 a.m. – Sleeps mindfully on the
4-5 a.m. – Attains to the Fruit of
Arahantship and enjoys Nibbanic Bliss;
5-6 a.m. – Attains the Ecstasy of Great
Compassion radiating thoughts of loving kindness towards all Being and
surveys the World with His Buddha Eye to see if He could be of service
appealed both to the masses and the intelligentsia alike;
- Buddha’s selfless service for
the moral upliftment of the world;
- For two hours once in the morning
and once at dawn, He pervades the world with thoughts of boundless
compassion and loving kindness to bring happiness to millions;
- Buddha taught Dhamma;
- to lay persons (before 6
- to His disciples (6 – 10
- to Celestial Beings, Devas
and Brahmas (10 – 2 p.m.)
- He led a life of voluntary poverty
seeking His alms without inconveniencing any, wandering from place
to place for 8 months throughout the years preaching His sublime Dhamma.
- He worked tirelessly for the
good and happiness of all until His 80th year, preferring to traverse
the long and tardy way on foot accompanied by His attendant Ananda.
- His last words before entering