The Eight Mayahana precepts is a celebrated practice within Mahayan Buddhism that is meant to help someone purify bad habits and to accumulate a wealth of merit that can support one in their practice. In otherwards, merit creates momentum that will push someone forward in their path. These precepts involves abstaining from doing 8 things for 24 hours. Continue reading
For the past several years, Sravasti Abbey has been sending nuns to Taiwan to take Bhikshuni ordination (full ordination). Many traditions of Buddhism don’t have full ordination for women, and it is a hot topic of debate for many people. In one tradition, full ordination for women has thrived for thousands of years , and it happens to be in Taiwan; its natural that many go there to have it done. Continue reading
Ven Samten of Sravasti Abbey talks about her experience, after 1 year of being a sramanerika (novice nun).
I actually met her a day after she took her angarika precepts. The angarika precepts is when someone takes the 8 lay precepts for life, but at the Abbey, monastics in training take them for a year. They live in the community with the precepts and do a 1 year trial period before actually ordaining. Continue reading
Why Keep Ethics?
When I think about vows and precepts, it reminds me of one time when Jhado Rinpoche came to Seattle. 2 other monks came with him: Geshe Tashi (his interpreter), and a younger monk that was his attendent. They were staying in a flat with a familiy of 3. Jhado Rinpoche once remarked, how amazingly kind the family was. They opened up their entire home to them and never locked any of their doors or cabinets. He said that the family trusted them because the monks were living in their vows.
I think what he meant by this, is that people who live in ethics, give others the gift of fearlessness or a feeling of safety. Continue reading