Pure Life - The practice of the eight Mahayana precepts

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Mahayana Buddhist prayer for those who enjoy deep religious activities.

The essence of the practice is to take the eight precepts and keep them purely for a period of 24 hours.

By doing this practice repeatedly, we purify our negativities and become accustomed to the practice of moral discipline, therefore, we make our human life meaningful.

We receive immense benefits from practicing moral discipline in this way. This helps us to solve our problems in this life because we avoid the causes of suffering and create causes to have fortunate rebirths in future lives, protecting us from the sufferings of the lower rebirth.

In particular, since it is performed with bodhichitta (the mind that, motivated by compassion, wishes to attain Enlightenment in order to permanently free all sentient beings from suffering), this practice is very powerful for purifying negative karma. It accumulates a vast collection of merit and creates the cause for us to achieve the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment.

If we want to extract the essence of this precious human life, we must strive to do this practice as many times as possible.

An explanation of the practice:

   When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for 24 hours from the following eight actions:

Kill
Steal
Sexual activity
Lying
Taking toxics
Eating after lunch
Sitting on thrones or high and luxurious seats
Wearing ornaments, perfume etc. and sing, dance etc.

 

These eight points are, however, simply symbolic, because in reality we promise to abstain from all non-virtuous actions for 24 hours.

Taking and keeping these precepts is a special purification practice. Buddha understood that all human beings' suffering comes from their previous negative karma; thus, he taught special practices to purify negative karma.

   To purify our negative karma, we have to practice the four opposing powers: the power of repentance, the power of trust, the power of the opposing force and the power of the promise. These were fully explained in the book Caminho Alegre da Boa Fortuna. Among the four, here we are emphasizing the power of the promise - promising not to repeat non-virtuous actions.

   We can make that promise on many levels. We can promise not to commit non-virtuous actions for the rest of our lives, for a year, for a month, for a week or, in this case, for a day.

   If we can keep our actions of body, speech and mind pure for one day, we can extend it to two days, then to three days and so on, until, finally, we can maintain pure moral discipline all the time.

   If we reach the point where we can keep our actions of body, speech and mind entirely pure all the time, we will have conquered the Pure Land. With a pure body and a pure mind, there will be no basis for experiencing suffering; we will experience only incessant happiness from within.

   We all want to be happy - to live in a pure environment with pure friends, pure pleasures, etc. - but this is unattainable as long as we have negative karma in our minds.

   Therefore, we need to rely on Buddha's skillful method to purify our negative karma. This practice is very simple and only lasts one day; but it has enormous results.

   Whoever wishes, can participate online and live
every 15th of the month, at 6:30 am (fasting). We will not have the practice in August 2020.

Date

Every 15th of the month
From 6:30 am (on time) for approx 30 minutes