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Eight Mahayana Precept Vows

May 23 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am



The Eight Mahayana Precepts are a set of vows that are taken for 24 hours, from first light before dawn to sunrise of the following day.  Suggested prerequisites are a good understanding of karma, bodhichitta, and the importance of taking and keeping vows according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

It is good to take them on full and new moon days, and especially beneficial on Buddha Holy Days, when Karmic results are multiplied exponentially.  For us taking them on May 23rd is the most important day during Saka Dawa.

These Mahayana Precepts enable you to live in the essence of pure moral conduct, and since you take them with the strong motivation of cherishing and wishing to benefit all others, their value is immeasurable. Taking these precepts is a powerful and effective way for you to build, maintain and increase deep propensities for spiritual practice and attainment and thus is a profound method for giving meaning to this precious human life.

The essence of this practice is to recall the Mahayana motivation, to take these precepts in order to become enlightened to lead all sentient beings to enlightenment.

More instructions will be provided, but the Eight Mayayana Precepts (vows) are:

  1. Not to kill, even insects.
  2. Not to steal (Not to take what is not offered).
  3. Not to engage in sexual contact.
  4. Not to lie.
  5. Not to use intoxicants: alcohol, tobacco and drugs (except for medicinal purposes).
  6. Not to eat at wrong times. (Instructions will be given)
  7. Not to sit on high, expensive beds or seats with pride.
  8. Not to wear jewelry, perfume, or makeup; and not to sing, dance, or play music with attachment.

Please reach out to Geshe Dhargey if you have any questions about taking these vows.


May 23
5:00 am - 6:00 am
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30 Putnam Park Rd.
Redding, CT 06896 United States
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