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Method of Accepting the Eight Precepts and Meditation Retreat

Method of Accepting the Eight Precepts and Meditation Retreat

  1. Make physical and mental readiness for a meditation retreat.
  2. If possible, provide flower, joss sticks, and candle for taking the Precepts and meditation retreat.
  3. Wear proper clothing (white clothes), behave well and be quiet.
  4. At the place of ceremony, pay homage to the Triple Gems by raising joined hands and bowing to the ground three times, and another three times to the meditation master, then present the flower, joss sticks and candle to the master, recite the following verse of making a request for the eight Precepts:
  5. Mayan bhante, tissaranena saha, attha silani yacama. (O, Prosperous One, we all request for the Buddhist eight Precepts simultaneously with the three Refuges.) Dutiyampi, mayam bhante, tissaranena saha, attha silani yacama. (O, Prosperous One, we all request for the Buddhist eight Precepts simultaneously with the three Refuges, for the second time.) Tatiyampi, mayam bhante, tissaranena saha, attha silani yacama. (O, Prosperous One, we all request for the Buddhist eight Precepts simultaneously with the three Refuges, for the third time.)
  6. The master recites the following passage three times, after which the lay people repeat it three times. Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa. (May veneration be presented to the Exalted One, who is an Arahanta or the Passionless One, and who attained Enlightenment by himself righteously.)
  7. The master recites the Three Refuges verse linebyline, then the lay people recite line-by-line after him:
  8. Buddham saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Buddha as my Refuge.)
    Dhammam saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Dhamma as my Refuge.)
    Sangham saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Sangha as my Refuge.)
    Dutiyampi buddham saranam gacchami
    (I accept the Buddha as my Refuge for the second time.)
    Dutiyampi dhammam saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Dhamma as my Refuge for the second time.)
    Dutiyampi sangham saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Sangha as my Refuge for the second time.)
    Tatiyampi buddham saranam gacchami
    (I accept the Buddha as my Refuge for the third time.)
    Tatiyampi dhammam saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Dhamma as my Refuge for the third time.)
    Tatiyampi sangham saranam gacchami.
    (I accept the Sangha as my Refuge for the third time.)

    The master recites

    "Tisaranagamanan Nitthitan."
    ("The Three Refuges end here"),
    then the lay people recite
    "Ama bhante."
    ("Yes, Sir")

  9. The master monk recites the Eight Precepts in order, then the lay people recite in order after him:
  10. Panatipata, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from taking life of any living being.)
    Adinnadana, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from taking what is not given.)
    Abrahma-cariya, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from sexual conduct.)
    Musavada, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from false speech.)
    Sura-meraya-majja-pamadatthana, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from intoxications causing heedlessness.)
    Vikala-bhojana, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from taking food at inappropriate times.)
    Nacca-gita-vadita-visuka-dassana malagandha-vilepana-dharana-mandanavighusanatthana, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from dancing, singing, music, unseemly shows, from wearing of garlands, smartening with scents Handbook Vipassana Meditation for beginners 19 and embellishment with unguents.)
    Uccasayana-mahasayane, veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    (I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from the use of high and large luxurious couches and beds.)
    The lay people recite the following verse three times
    ("Imani Attha Sikkhapadani Samadiyami." ("I request for the acceptance of these Eight Precepts.")
  11. Make a determination to the Triple Gems by uttering the following verse:
  12. "Imahan Bhagava Attabhavan Tumhakan Pariccayami"
    ("O, Blessed One. I give up this life and body of mine to the Triple Gems-the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, to develop Vipassana Meditation.")
  13. Make a determination of being apprentice to the master monk by reciting:
  14. "Imahan Acariya Attabhavan Tumhakan Pariccayami"
    ("Teacher, I give up this body and life of mine to you, to develop Vipassana Meditation.")
  15. Make a request for Vipassana Meditation by uttering:
  16. "Nibbanassa Mebhante Sacchikaranatthaya Kammatthanan dehi"
    ("Venerable Sir, please give me meditation instructions to light the way to the paths, fruitions and Nirvana.")
  17. Make a virtue established in the mind by uttering:
  18. "Imaya Dhammanudhammapatipattiya Rattanatayan Pujami"
    ("Homage to the Triple Gems with purified Dhamma practice and veracity of mine, may I persist in mindfulness until my desire is completely fulfilled.")

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