Venerable Ru Jun shares a story of the challenge he faced while at a precept taking event.
from 3:54min to 11:16min
My learning from this story.
The challenges I am facing in my practice now is due to the negative karma I got from hindering other people’s practice previously.
And our habit of committing bad karma is strong, probably much stronger than our inclination to do good.
Venerable explains why the merits involved in the first precept of abstinence from taking life is so great.
(from 8:51 min onwards)
I learnt that the merit is great because:
you are making a promise to Buddha and the Teachers on a positive act and thus the merits are great
by keeping the precept, you can giving all sentient life the benefit of not being afraid ( 无畏施)
In the same video, Venerable also cautions against going home on the same day after taking the 8 Precepts. Ｉunderstand this is because the chance of breaking a precept increases when the lay person is not within the environment of the monastery.
An example is that the precept of abstinence from dancing, music, visiting shows, flowers, make-up, the wearing of ornaments and decorations is hard to do with entertainment devices all around us (our mobile phones, televisions and computers).