Sitting through the night on Uposatha

Hello all.

I’ve read from various places that at Wat Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat the monks, and a surprising amount of laity (when you look at the videos) sit throught the night till 5:00 in the morning, then they go home. I can’t think of an EBT that suggests doing this, but it’s an interesting tradition.

I was curious if anyone here does this, or has done something similar in the past, and if so what your experience was like.


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The AN’s Uposathasutta (with parallel passages in the KN’s Udāna and the Vinaya’s Cūḷavagga) depicts the sangha as doing this on one particular occasion, but I don’t think it’s ever presented as an obligation.



There’s a sutta in Ud which shows the Buddha and a group of bhikkhus doing it as well:

Ananda tries many times to talk to the Buddha but only by the morning he is back from the imperturbable samadhi.