The Eight Precepts Practices • 12.Jun.2005 (7:00am - 6:00pm)
The practice of taking and keeping the Eight Precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhicitta motivation explained to all the devotees by the Resident Master. The practice starts at 7.00 a.m. with a vow taking before the Buddha by the Resident Master and lamas thereafter to all the participating devotees.
The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts and to keep them purely for a period of twenty-four hours. We receive many great benefits from practicing moral discipline in this way. It helps us to solve the problems of this life by avoiding the causes of suffering; and it creates the cause for us to take fortunate rebirths in future lives and thereby protects us from the sufferings of lower rebirth.
In particular, because it is performed with bodhicitta motivation, this practice is very powerful for purifying negative karma. It accumulates a vast collection of merit and creates the cause for us to attain the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment
An explanation of the practice
When we take the eight precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:
- Sexual activity
- Taking intoxicants
- Eating after lunch
- Sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats
- Wearing ornaments, perfume, etc, and singing and dancing, etc.
Taking and keeping these precepts is a purification practice.
The programme of the day includes Chenrezig Sadhanas at 8.00 – 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 – 4.00 p.m., Green Tara Sadhana at 9.00 a.m. – 11 a.m., Mahakala puja at 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.
A special chanting conducted by the Resident Master, food offering before participating devotees were told to eat mindfully