When:
July 15, 2024 @ 6:30 am – 7:00 am
2024-07-15T06:30:00-04:00
2024-07-15T07:00:00-04:00
Where:
ONLINE ONLY
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89238039058?pwd=h0sEvS0HY6AT0mQFlSfALDVoaP24jC.1
Cost:
Free

Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara

A PURE LIFE – ONE-DAY VOWS AND PARTIAL FASTING

This practice is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred.  It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.

When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:

  1. Killing
  2. Stealing
  3. Sexual activity
  4. Lying
  5. Taking intoxicants
  6. Eating after lunch
  7. Sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats
  8. Wearing ornaments, perfume, etc, and singing and dancing, etc.

These eight, however, are merely symbolic, for in reality we promise to abstain from all non-virtuous actions for twenty-four hours. Taking and keeping these precepts is a special purification practice. Buddha realized that all living beings’ suffering comes from their previous negative karma, and so he taught special practices to purify it.

We all want to be happy – living in a pure environment with pure friends, pure enjoyments, and so on – but this is unattainable for as long as we have negative karma in our minds. Therefore, we need to rely upon Buddha’s skillful method for purifying our negative karma. This practice is very simple, and it lasts for only a day at a time; but it leads to very great results.

All our actions are thousands of times more powerful on this day,

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