The Lay Bodhisattva Precepts Training Program was conducted from Friday, May 25, through Sunday, May 27, 2001 at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Thursday evening, Bhikshu Heng Sure gave an introduction to the Lay Bodhisattva Precepts, and pointed out that the subsequent three days' precept classes would discuss the precepts in eight major classifications according to their nature.
Bhikshu Heng Lyu explained the eight precepts regarding not killing or harming. Bhikshuni Heng Shr explained the three precepts regarding not stealing. Bhikshuni Heng Yi explained the three precepts regarding no lustful behavior and proper conjugal relations. Bhikshuni Heng Yun explained the two precepts regarding mouth karma. Bhikshuni Heng Jen explained the two precepts regarding no intoxicants. Bhikshuni Heng Jhuang explained the thirteen precepts regarding making offerings to and respecting the Triple Jewel, elders, and teachers. Bhikshunis Heng Chih and Heng Liang explained the three precepts regarding kindness and compassion. Preceptees were encouraged to ask questions and offer comments, and the classes were both lively and informative. Simultaneous translations into English, Vietnamese, and Cantonese offered everyone the opportunity to hear the explanations of the precepts in his or her own language.
Residents, preceptees, and visitors were fortunate to have two opportunities to receive the Three Refuges and Five Precepts; two opportunities to represent their deceased relatives or friends in receiving the Precepts for the Deceased; and an opportunity to liberate the living during the course of the five-day event.
Following an afternoon of bowing in sincere repentance in the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, preceptees were transmitted the Lay Bodhisattva Precepts on Monday morning. Forty-one people came to receive the precepts-six men and thirty-five women. The Bodhisattva Precepts are transmitted for all time, not just for the duration of one life, as long as those who receive them uphold them well.
Venerable Master's Dharma Words
What is confusion? It is to take suffering as happiness and right as wrong; to mix up black and white; to fail to distinguish between true and false; and to regard what is transitory as eternal.