Miroku wrote: ↑Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Hi thank you all for your advice and inputs!
humble.student wrote: ↑Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:52 am
In Chinese Buddhism, the 8 precepts are observed whilst on retreat or staying in a monastery (as layperson), and many laypeople also take them as a matter of course on particular days of the month, usually 6 days (sometimes more, depending on one's practice). This will also include being vegetarian, if one isn't already, and not eating after noon. I don't think that any particular ceremony is necessary for the above cases, but some people will also take them formally, then dedicate the merit at the end of the day.
Do you know, Humble.student how one takes these vows bit more "formally"?
My understanding is that the vows must first be requested and received from a preceptor, and thereafter they can be taken by oneself as the need arises. Ven. Haitao who you mentioned earlier gives instructions of a self-conferral of the precepts (for a day and a night) along the following lines:
Perform 3 prostrations in front of a Buddha image, then remain kneeling with hands in anjali mudra.
Recite the opening verse.
Recite the verse of repentance.
Take the precepts.
Recite the precepts.
Recite the vows.
Dedicate the merit.
This is all very standard stuff in terms of format and content.
Here's the Theravada procedure by way of comparison: https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Chant ... n0065.html
I will add that the normal 5 precepts are also expanded in the 8, and not just by the extra 3, but also 'internally.' i.e. the scope of the existing precepts is extended, so the definition of say, sexual misconduct, will be broader than usual.