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I am a Buddhist who recently taken refuge in buddhism and vowed to take the first 6 precepts.
Everything is going fine but I’m unsure of where to draw the line with the 4th precept - not to falsify information.
I’ve never often lied or deceived anyone (maybe white lies in the past) so this isn’t a problem for me; but where is it I stand on keeping secrets or things private?
An example would be if I was planning a surprise party for someone... Am I actually breaking the precept by witholding this information? And if that person were to ask me if anything is up, how could I respond to this without lying?
Another point is that I’m training to work in education. Once I get a teaching position and students approach me with confidential information (such as bullying or problems at school ect.) how would I work with this alongside the 4th precept? It would be unethical for me to reveal sensitive information like that but how is it that I can make a comprimise to resolve this?
I have been thinking about this a lot but I cannot find a conclusion by myself.
Has anyone else been in this situation? Or have any insight?