Mahayana Precepts – 24 hour Fasting & Purification Practice

6.30-7.30am on Fri 15 Sept | Sun 15 Oct | Wed 15 Nov | Fri 15 Dec

shutterstock_146582699This is a precious and powerful practice that purifies negative karma and produces positive karma, or good fortune for our future. It functions to improve our mindfulness and our familiarity with the practice of moral discipline, which help us to improve our daily meditation and mindfulness   practices.

This practise is traditionally done at daybreak on the 15th of every month. It takes the form of a short Sadhana of prayers and meditations, which, in general is guided. This takes place at 6.30am at the temple.

When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:

  •     Killing

  •     Stealing

  •     Sexual activity

  •     Lying

  •     Taking intoxicants

  •     Eating after lunch

  •     Sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats

  •     Wearing ornaments, perfume, etc, and singing and dancing, etc.

These eight, however, are merely symbolic, for in reality we promise to abstain from all non-virtuous actions for twenty-four hours.

Taking and keeping these precepts is a special purification practice. Buddha realised that all living beings’ suffering comes from their previous negative karma, and so he taught special practices to purify it.

Anyone is welcome to attend this early morning session and participate in this very meaningful day.  It is recommended to treat this day like a special spiritual day of retreat where, even if we have many things to do, we mentally focus on making every activity meaningful and refrain from meaningless, ordinary activities that often clutter our day and mind.

If you are new to this practice please contact Fi for more information- [email protected]


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