The Eight Mahayana Precepts are an inspiring meditation and practice of keeping vows for one day to avoid certain negative actions. By gradually becoming familiar with them, we can purify our negative karma and develop a stable experience of inner peace. It is traditional to abstain from eating breakfast, wearing perfume and jewelry on this day and to take the precepts at dawn.
Followed by Avalokiteshvara puja and meditation –
Avalokiteshvara is an enlightened being who is a manifestation of all Buddhas’ compassion. If we rely sincerely upon Avalokiteshvara and recite his mantra with strong faith, temporarily we will improve our realizations of the stages of the path, especially our realization of great compassion, and ultimately we will attain supreme Buddhahood in Avalokiteshvara’s Pure Land, the Pure Land of Bliss.