On this day and night of Uposatha, I reflect on the gifts I have been given.
I reflect on the qualities of the Buddha, who, as an admirable friend, has become a refuge for himself, finding true happiness through his own efforts. Furthermore, in a awe-inspiring gesture of kindness and compassion, has decided to share his discovery with others. The perfection of generosity.
It is on this occasion that I solemnly, with strong determination, and for the whole life, undertake the eight precepts, as a disciplinary aid in moral action, as a highly effective medicine, as a gift I have been offered. May they help me practice the noble craft of the heart.
I am taking the time to share these thoughts hoping they will inspire others in whichever commitment they have taken.
Let's strive on with diligence, untiringly.
Truth is a beautiful flower, let's help it blossom!
May all beings be happy, free from suffering, liberated.
May this Dhamma last another 2500 years!
And happy Uposatha!