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Sakadawa Day is celebrated as the day of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. There is great merit in taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours on Sakadawa Day. The precepts are taken at dawn before the local area’s sunrise.

Demo Rinpoche will give the precepts in-person at the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center promptly at 5:45am ET. Both the Center and Zoom will open at 5:30am to allow onsite participants to be ready by 5:45am.


Additional Resources

For your convenience, download the Eight Mahayana Precepts pdf.

Elements for taking the precepts in the Jewel Heart Prayer Book are on:

  • page 7 for the Mandala Offering
  • page 11 for the Jewel Heart Prayers
  • page 126 to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts.

The prayer book is available on the Jewel Heart Members webpage or for purchase here.

The following Mahayana Precepts Ceremony video supports those who have previously received the transmission of these precepts. Taking these precepts for the first time requires in-person transmission from a qualified person. The video does not serve the purpose of taking them for the first time.

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