"Sil" Program

Sila - Moral Discipline

Sila in Buddhism is one of three sections of the Nobel Eight Fold Path, and is the code of conduct that embraces a commitment to harmony and self-restraint. Sila is an internal, aware, and intentional ethical behavior, according to ones commitment to the path of liberation. During their day-to-day lives, Buddhist exercise self-discipline by observing five precepts. Five precepts are simplest form of discipline prescribed in Dhamma, in order to establish and maintain peaceful life and social harmony.

The five precepts are:

  • Refrain from Harming other living beings
  • Refrain from Stealing - Taking what's not yours
  • Refrain from Lying
  • Refrain from Sexual misconduct
  • Refrain from having intoxicants

On special days of the months (usually on Full Moon Days), Buddhists observe three additional precepts, which are:

  • Refrain from entertainment, cosmetics and fashion
  • Having Modest meals and not having meals after noon for the rest of the day
  • Refrain from using luxuries such as comfortable seating.

The five precepts helps people to live a peaceful and harmonious life and the extra three precepts help to simplify the life providing a calm and conductive atmosphere to stay focused on Dhamma and mediation.

Chicago Buddhist Vihara conducts a "Sil" program once a month and special Sil program on May (Vesak) and June (Poson). In these "Sil" programs, in addition to observing the eight precepts, there are Mediation practices, Dhamma Sermons and Discussions providing very valuable opportunity for the community to gain merits, improve the quality of life and to help better understanding of Dhamma and insight in to our own lives and minds.

"Asala" Sil Program 2017-07-09 09:00:00
Poson (June) Sil Program 2017-06-11 09:00:00
January Sil Program - Sunaday Jan 15th 2017-01-15 09:00:00
December Sil Program 2016-12-24 09:00:00
October Sil Program 2016-10-15 08:30:00
July Sil Program 2016-07-23 09:00:00
Poson Sill Program 2016-06-18 09:00:00
February Sil Program 2016-02-27 09:00:00
January Sil Program - Sat at Temple 2016-01-30 09:00:00
December Sil Program - Sat at Temple 2015-12-05 09:00:00
September Sil Program - Sat at Temple 2015-09-05 09:00:00
August Sil Program 2015-08-08 09:00:00
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