What is leaving home for seven days all about?


Leaving home is initiating the bodhi mind with the determination to

exit from the three realms and six destinies, home of defilement, and

to sever the transmigration between rebirths and redeaths. Some of

those with initiation of mind complete are not only determined to exit

from the home of defilement but also ready to leave home in reception

of complete precepts in aspiration for Buddhahood soon. Leaving home

through seven days is assumption of the camping format with rules and

ceremonies condensed to enable those with mind initiated to assimilate

within a limited time span what the monastic renunciation means.

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these eight precepts enable closing of all doors that open to the evil

destinies of the hells, hungry ghosts, and animals.

Fasting, its Chinese character constituting two parts, of one and

mind, connotes inner cleansing and purifying to become adorned and

impeccable. As Buddhism stresses on assumption of the middle path,

the stipulation of no eating past noon does tally with practicing the

method of exit from the world as a whole. Such is the meaning of

the eight-gate precepts and fasting.

Observation of the eight-gate precepts and fasting usually runs for

seven days. But in this day and age when everyone has own work

schedule and tight routine, it does come down to three days or

two days and one night.