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The Five Buddhist Precepts

The five precepts are rules that a Buddhist follows to train for a more mindful and moral life.  By following these precepts a person anchors his/her intent with the right purpose; to do no harm to themselves or other sentient beings.  For those in monk and nun sangha, many more then five are followed.  Monks follow 227 precepts, nuns follow 337 precepts.

 

The Five Precepts

1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech or lying.
5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
 
 
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