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Date: 

Thu, May 23, 2024

Time: 

4:45 - 5:30 AM 

Event: 

Twenty-four Hour Mahayana Precepts Ceremony Conferred by Geshe Tenley

 

 

On this auspicious day of Saka Dawa, Geshe Tenley has kindly offered to confer the 24-hour Eight Mahayana Precept Vows. If you will be doing the ceremony at home, if possible 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 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

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.

PLEASE BE READY TO START ON TIME.

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

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