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Tue, March 07, 2023


5:45 - 6:15 AM (Updated Time) 


VIRTUAL EVENT: 24 Hour Mahayana Precepts conferred by Geshe Tenley



The fifteenth day of the Tibetan New Year according to the lunar calendar is the Day of Miracles (Chotrul Duchen). This is the culmination of a two week period when the karmic result of actions is multiplied 100 million times, as cited in the Vinaya scriptures. Therefore, the full moon on Tuesday, March 7 is a particularly powerful and important time to create positive energy and virtuous actions and to refrain from non-virtue, to create happiness for oneself and others.

On this auspicious day of Chotrul Duchen, Geshe Tenley has kindly offered to confer the 24-hour Eight Mahayana Precept Vows.  Geshela will confer the vows remotely via Zoom (that is, not in person at Kurukulla Center). If possible at your home, please set up a simple altar or make offerings (even one candle, or one water bowl, or a flower) at home before the ceremony begins.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kurukulla Center’s 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: ThePractice and Benefits of the Eight Mahayana Precepts.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 practice session on your cell phone or computer:

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

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