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The 11 Precepts Of Dharma Sangha To Redefine Life

Enchant, Sublimate

At only 16 years of age, a young man meditated without moving, for nine months. Today we share 11 lessons to live life more fully.

Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha is the self-chosen name taken upon reaching the state of consciousness necessary to the accomplishment of his purpose. Because of his young age, and because he’d achieved so deep an experience of meditation, from the time of one of his first appearances, he has been called “the Buddha boy.”

What followed was early fame, a fame reached largely because of a contemporary need for “spectacle.” The Discovery Channel made a documentary about him: The Boy with Divine Powers. Ram Bahadur Bomjon was then but 16 and immersed in a very long meditation. It lasted nine months, in the same position, beneath a sacred fig tree, ficus religiosa, the same tree beneath which Siddhartha Gautama had attained enlightenment. Taking no food and no water, he remained there, motionless. This earned him massive attention, including a good number of devotees, and the aforementioned documentary.

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Over time the “Buddha boy” (a flashy nickname assigned to him by the media) grew, as did the number of his followers. Three years ago, I had the honor and blessing to spend a few months with him in Nepal, and the following precepts are part of his teachings. Importantly, the maitri sheel are not mandates, and although expressed imperatively, they are actually a way to channel your attention and intentions with respect to your behavior and personal habits.

I confess that, personally, they have changed my relationship with myself, and helped me to redefine my worlds, inside and outside. I hope that something similar happens with you …

Precept 1. Never discriminate on the basis of name, appearance, complexion, gender, class, belief, community, power, position, or qualification; even discard differentiating between the concepts of material and spiritual.

Precept 2. Having become acquainted with the Eternal Dharma, the Path, and the Guru, respect all religions and beliefs.

Precept 3. Forsake lying, allegations, counter-allegations, belittling and spreading falsehood through baseless gossip.

Precept 4. Forsaking philosophies or ways that make boundaries of divisiveness and difference of opinion, take up The True Path [5].

Precept 5. Following The True Guru Path [6] throughout life, renouncing evil actions, always remain intent in union with The Guru Essence [7].

Precept 6. Not having reached Enlightenment oneself, do not seek to prove what it is with clever words; and, while still in confusion, do not make others confused.

Precept 7. Renouncing such demonic conduct as killing sentient beings and violence, consume wholesome food.

Precept 8. Do not keep narrow-minded thoughts about people and countries on the basis of national identity.

Precept 9. Including oneself in the pursuit of The True Guru Path, perform actions that benefit the Earth.

Precept 10. When one realizes the Truth, The Guru Path takes form, so achieve Enlightenment for all Sentient Beings.

Precept 11. Staying in the highest and deepest mind [8], be free from all bondage by having understood within the self, many precepts.


By Harinam Simran Singh

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