Sitting through the night on Uposatha

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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.



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.