佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - Is everyone eligible for short-term renunciation? On completion, are added blessedness and longevity duly rewarded?
Is everyone eligible for short-term renunciation? On completion, are added blessedness and longevity duly rewarded?

 

Mind purely, rightly initiated and with proper access to a bodhi site

undertaking the occasion, everyone is eligible for genuine short-term

renunciation.

The seven-day renunciation is an occasion for a layperson to experience

the monastic life with its ceremonies whilst generating affinity. Quitting

wrongdoing and doing good, choosing virtue and adhering to it, abiding

by the precepts and discipline with vigor, and abstaining from killing in

protection of life, blessedness, virtue, and longevity are sure to result.

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and bedtime.

The seven-day renunciation comes in two parts, the first being the eightgate

precepts and fasting, in which participants are required to observe

eight precepts as stipulated: first, no killing; second, no stealing; third,

no engaging in sexual activity; fourth, no lying; fifth, no consumption of

intoxicants; sixth, no donning of accessories, no applying of cosmetics

and fragrances, no wearing of fancy clothing, no viewing and partaking

of music, dance, or recreations; seventh, no sleeping and lying on high

beds and soft pillows; and eighth, no eating in irregular hours, that is,

no eating past noon. The second part includes precepts for a

sramanera and those for a sramanerika.

Other things to note are that participation in the eight-gate precepts

and fasting does not require shaving of the head and reception of

the precepts for the sramanera and those for the sramanerika does,

with both male and female participants having to shave heads, whilst

practitioners in the seven-day renunciation must have own hai-qing,

black garment, and man-yi, unpatched robe.