How to be a Real True Buddhist observing the Noble Training Rules?
2533 years ago, The Buddha spoke his first speech and thereby sat rolling the wheel of Dhamma, which cannot be stopped by anyone, ascetic or priest or god or mara or brahma or by any being at all in this world! Thereby was the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Way made to be known and established!
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed, with clean bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees and head touch the floor. Then, with joined palms in front of the heart, one recite these memorized lines in a loud, calm & steady voice just like this recording:
As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.
As long as this life lasts...
Taking the 3 refuges and 5 precepts recording:
Then one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's own eyes & children, since they protect you & all other beings much better than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to this world! This is the very start on the path towards Nibbāna the Deathless Element... This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, and indeed to Bliss, initiated by Morality, developed by Dhamma-Study and fulfilled by training Meditation...
Though on full-moon pooya days, uposatha days, observance days, there all lay Buddhist normally keeps the Eight Precepts from sunrise until next dawn. Anyone can be taking this 3-fold refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha and by accepting these 5 basic moral living rules enter the new Noble Saddhamma Sangha Community by signing with their name and giving their location here.
Very advantageous that is for a long, long, long time!
For Details on Uposatha Observance Days:
On taking Refuge:
Friendship is the Greatest!
and the entire Noble Life...
Let there thus be Happiness!!!