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Title: The Eight Precepts: attha-sila
The Eight Precepts
<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.
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after noon).
I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.
<p><b>See also:</b></p> <ul> <li>The Five Precepts</li> <li>The Ten Precepts</li> <li><a href=“index_en.html”>Virtue <i>(sila)</i></a></li> <li>Muluposatha Sutta (AN 3.70) — Discourse on the Roots of the Uposatha</li> <li>Uposatha Sutta (AN 8.41) — Discourse on the Uposatha Observance</li> <li>Visakhuposatha Sutta (AN 8.43) — Discourse to Visakha on the Uposatha</li> <li>Ñanavara Thera's Questions-and-answers concerning the Uposatha.</li> </ul>
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