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The Five Precepts

I think Ajahn Jayasaro puts it forth very well.



  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I have seen the first 5 Precepts presented, outlined, interpreted or explained in many different ways. I like this.

  • For a while -a long while...a few years...- I thought I could bypass the Five Precepts (or decide when and where to apply them) and here Ajahn Jayasaro explains why this does not work very well; it is like slowing down the progress.

    "Abstaining from them protects us from future pain and crippling remorse."

    Unfortunately, I'm still a genocidal maniac protecting my teresitas against various pests.

    Trying my best!

  • Here is how to put a brake on the precepts:

    • positively Kill the negativity
    • Steal all the best qualities you can emulate
    • Conduct sexuality well
    • Never speak unless silent
    • peace, love and goodwill are best drugs

    … can I go home now?

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    I tend to find that the precepts coincide with my natural impulse. As long as I stay aware of negativity, of the un-wholesome, then it is not difficult to stick to that. Staying with the dharma and not letting impulsiveness sneak one through is the order of the day.

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