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Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts) by Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes

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Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts)
By Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) England UK
Updated 31st August 2015


In Theravada Buddhism there are two versions of the Eight Precepts: Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts) and Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth)

Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts) are observed on Uposatha Days (i.e. Full Moon, New Moon and the two Half Moon Days). Lay Buddhists often wear white clothes and attend Viharas to observe these Precepts.

Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts)

Atthangika Uposatha Sila (The Eight Uposatha Precepts) are observed on Uposatha Days (i.e. Full Moon, New Moon and the two Half Moon Days). Lay Buddhists often wear white clothes and attend Viharas to observe these Precepts.

1) Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from killing and injuring living beings

2) Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from taking that which is not given

3) Abrahmacariya veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from non-celibate conduct

4) Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from false and harmful speech

5) Sura – meraya – majja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from drink and drugs which fuddle the mind and reduce mindfulness

6) Vikala bhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from taking food at an unreasonable time

7) Nacca – gita – vadita – visuka – dassana – mala - gandha vilepana - dharana mandana vibhusanatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, and unseemly shows; from the use of garlands, perfumes, and unguents; and from things that tend to beautify and adorn [the person)

8) Ucchasayana – mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from using high and luxurious seats and beds


Bibliography

  • “The development and use of the Eight Precepts for lay practitioners, Upasakas and Upasikas in Theravada Buddhism in the West”, Jacquetta Gomes, Contemporary Buddhism, Volume 5(1) (May, 2004) 47-63 (ISSN 1463-9947)
    Available online at www.wlu.ca/documents/6478/The_development.pdf
    Available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/


Source

By Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) England UK