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Title: Buddhist Ethics


1
  • Buddhist Ethics
  • The world of Buddhist ethics is a broad area
    which concerns every aspect of our day to day
    lives - how we live with others, our attitude to
    nature, how we regard sex, alcohol and drugs.
    Although there is a general consensus with regard
    to Buddhist morality, there are, as one might
    expect, different shades of opinion.
  • Precepts' are the basic moral guidelines that
    laid down by the Buddha. For the monk, in
    addition to 227 or so monastic rules, there are
    ten precepts. For the lay person, however, there
    are only five, though on certain days, these may
    be increased to eight or ten.

2
  • Our world is rich in living things but many of
    them are dying out let us find a way to let them
    have their lives.
  • Our world contains great wealth but much is lost
    through waste and over-consumption let us find a
    way to share our wealth with those who have too
    little.
  • Our world renews itself through desire but
    careless sex breeds great misery let us find a
    way to reduce this suffering and assure ourselves
    that all our children are wanted.
  • Our world is full of talk but much of it serves
    narrow, selfish purposes let us find a way to
    turn our self-expression into a form of
    selflessness.
  • Our world is saturated with pleasures but many of
    them invite confusion let us find a way to help
    ourselves and others see things as they really
    are.

3
  • I undertake to observe the precept to abstain
    from ...
  • ...harming living beings.
  • ...taking things not freely given.
  • ...sexual misconduct.
  • ...false speech.
  • ...intoxicating drinks and drugs causing
    heedlessness.
  • ...taking untimely meals.
  • ...dancing, singing, music and watching grotesque
    mime.
  • ...use of garlands, perfumes and personal
    adornment.
  • ...use of high seats.
  • ...accepting gold or silver

4
  • -First Training-
  • Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction
    of life, I am committed to cultivating compassion
    and learning ways to protect the lives of people,
    animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined
    not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to
    condone any act of killing in the world, in my
    thinking, and in my way of life.
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5
  • -Second Training-
  • Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation,
    social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am
    committed to cultivate loving kindness and learn
    ways to work for the well-being of people,
    animals, plants, and minerals. I am committed to
    practice generosity by sharing my time, energy,
    and material resources with those who are in real
    need. I am determined not to steal and not to
    possess anything that should belong to others. I
    will respect the property of others, but I will
    prevent others from profiting from human
    suffering or the suffering of other species on
    Earth

6
  • -Third Training-
  • Aware of the suffering caused by sexual
    misconduct, I am committed to cultivate
    responsibility and learn ways to protect the
    safety and integrity of individuals, couples,
    families, and society. I am determined not to
    engage in sexual relations without love and a
    long-term commitment. To preserve the happiness
    of myself and others, I am determined to respect
    my commitments and the commitments of others. I
    will do everything in my power to protect
    children from sexual abuse and to prevent couples
    and families from being broken by sexual
    misconduct.

7
  • -Fourth Training-
  • Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech
    and the inability to listen to others, I am
    committed to cultivate loving speech and deep
    listening in order to bring joy and happiness to
    others and relieve others of their suffering.
    Knowing that words can create happiness or
    suffering, I am committed to learn to speak
    truthfully, with words that inspire
    self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined
    not to spread news that I do not know to be
    certain and not to criticise or condemn things of
    which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering
    words that can cause division or discord, or that
    can cause the family or the community to break. I
    will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve
    all conflicts, however small.

8
  • -Fifth Training-
  • Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful
    consumption, I am committed to cultivate good
    health, both physical and mental, for myself, my
    family, and my society by practising mindful
    eating, drinking, and consuming. I am committed
    to ingest only items that preserve peace,
    well-being, and joy in my body, in my
    consciousness, and in the collective body and
    consciousness of my family and society. I am
    determined not to use alcohol or any other
    intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that
    contain toxins, such as certain TV programs,
    magazines, books, films, and conversations. I am
    aware that to damage my body or my consciousness
    with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my
    parents, my society, and future generations. I
    will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and
    confusion in myself and in society by practising
    a diet for myself and for society. I understand
    that a proper diet is crucial for
    self-transformation and for the transformation of
    society.
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