System Of Full Moon Day Eight Precepts
People who observe Poyaday Precepts (Uposatha Sila or Full Moon Day Eight
Precepts) receive large amounts of merits, great powers & vibration of
merit incomes. Lord Buddha had spoken about these precepts in Uposatha
Vaggha in Anguttara Nikaya. Here we give you some translation of those
sutras. You can visit the temple on full moon day or observe these
precepts at home by thinking your home as a temple. Sri Lankan Buddhist
people perform Buddhist rituals, ask for Buddhist preaching, discuss
dharma with Buddhist mentors & read Buddhist books on full moon days. In
addition, they also offer flowers, light incense sticks & oil lamps for
the virtue power of Lord Buddha and separate this day for meditation at
temples or inside the home.
These precepts are to be observed or practiced according to a fully
enlightened (Arahant) Buddhist monk's daily routine. Lord Buddha said a
person who observed these precepts every full moon day until death will most
likely be reborn in the heaven of their liking. Then again Lord Buddha
said even a person who observed these precepts only once will be born in
their desired heaven as a powerful god. Listed below are the precept
systems. You must wear clean white or light colored clothing on full moon
days. You want to think in such a way as "I am staying today as
enlightened Buddhist Monk" by protecting these precepts.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from killing any living
being and causing pain, fear or unpleasantness to anyone.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from stealing & will ask
permission from the rightful owner before using any unknown goods.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from any sexual activities.
I will not even look at the opposite gender with any sexual feeling.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from lying and will only
talk with positive words.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from consuming any
alcoholic drinks or meals which help to destroy concentration.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will consume only two hard meals before
12pm (as breakfast & lunch) & will refrain from eating dinner. I will
also limit my drinking meals.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from listening to music,
dancing, playing, telling jokes, using cosmetic scents and wearing
garlands & ornaments.
6am today until 6am tomorrow, I will abstain from lying on luxurious
beds & using comfortable chairs. Today I will not use any luxury house
Practice these precepts for your own success. It will provide you with a
more luxurious life & give greater mind powers to achieve your life goals.
Also, by observing these precepts it will determine the destination of
your next life between the god's realms & human realms. A popular Buddhist
teaching explains that "Not the sweet smell of flowers, not even the
fragrance of sandal, rose or jasmine blows against the wind. But the
fragrance of the virtuous one blows against the wind. Truly the virtuous
one pervades all directions with the fragrance of his virtue. Of the
entire fragrances, sandal, rose, purple lotus and jasmine, the fragrance
of virtue is the sweetest. Faint is the fragrance of rose and sandal but
excellent is the fragrance of the virtuous, wafting even amongst the godís
realms", which is taken from Puppha Vagga verses in Dharmapadha.