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Tue, November 15, 2022


5:30 AM - 6:00 AM 


Twenty-four Hour Mahayana Precepts ceremony conferred by Geshe Tenley



You can participate through Zoom (see below) or in person (registration not required).

Buddha Days are particularly powerful days and are opportunities to put in extra effort to create merit i.e., positive actions, that will result in happiness for self and others. On this auspicious day of Lha Bab Duchen/Descent from the Tushita Realm, Geshe Tenley will confer the 24-hour eight Mahayana precept vows. You can take the vows in person at Kurukulla Center or at home via Zoom. Extensive offerings will be set up at the center. If you are taking the vows at home, consider making an offering such as candles, water bowls or flowers on your altar before the ceremony begins.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kurukulla Centerís Spiritual Director, recommends taking the 24-hour eight Mahayana precept vows on days on which the karmic effects of positive actions are greatly multiplied, such as Buddha days, full moon, new moon, and eclipses. More advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for practices to do on merit multiplying days can be found here.

The 24-hour eight Mahayana precepts are taken from early morning until sunrise the next day.

The precepts are:
1. † †To not kill any sentient being, even an insect.
2. † †To not steal, that is, to not take what has not been given.
3. † †To not engage in sexual activity.
4. † †To not tell lies.
5. † †To not take intoxicants, including alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
6. † †To not eat food at the wrong time, that is, after noon.
7. † †To not sit on large and high seats and beds.
8. † †To not wear perfume, garlands, and ornaments, and to not sing, dance, and so forth.

The text you will need is The Direct and Unmistaken Method: The Practice and Benefits of the Eight Mahayana Precepts. †Please download this text before joining.

If you are unsure about taking the 24-hour eight Mahayana precept vows and would like more information you can send a message to info@kurukulla.org.


It's important to take part in the entire ceremony. Thank you.

To access the VIRTUAL CHANTING session on your cell phone or computer:

Zoom URL: †https://zoom.us/j/99135019478?pwd=T2ZDSmY4STlpRGNlSVl1a1VMZUJaQT09

You can also dial in on any phone:

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Enter the Meeting ID when prompted: 991 3501 9478
Enter the Meeting Passcode when prompted: 335191

If youíre asked for a Participant ID, just press #