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The Eight Precepts

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Title: The Eight Precepts: attha-sila

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The Eight Precepts

<i>attha-sila</i>

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<p>These training rules are observed by laypeople during periods of intensive meditation practice and during uposatha (lunar observance) days. The Eight Precepts are based on the Five Precepts, with the third precept extended to prohibit <i>all</i> sexual activity and an additional three precepts that are especially supportive to meditation practice.

The Eight Precepts:

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1. <i>Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.

2. <i>Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.

3. <i>Abrahmacariya veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.

4. <i>Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.

5. <i>Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

6. <i>Vikalabhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after noon).

7. <i>Nacca-gita-vadita-visukkadassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanathana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.

8. <i>Uccasayana-mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.

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