Vesak and the eight precepts
Vesak is an uposatha day of observance for Theravada Buddhists in many Asian countries. It celebrates the birth of Buddha and his enlightenment. Buddhists in all parts of the world can mark this special day in a variety of ways, but the chief of them is following the Eight Precepts. This “Buddha Day”, fast and meditate on these principles of conscious conduct.
Fast from taking a human or animal life
Fast from stealing and taking from others
Embrace celibacy and refrain from sexual activity
Refrain from words that hurt others as well as lying, deception and manipulation
Fast from alcohol and drugs
Eat in the morning after sunrise and before noon
Fast from music of all kinds as well as adorning yourself with accessories
Refrain from sleeping too much or sleeping in lavish places
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