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The Five Precepts

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Title: The Five Precepts: pañca-sila

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The Five Precepts

<i>pañca-sila</i>

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<p>These basic training rules are observed by all practicing lay Buddhists. The precepts are often recited after reciting the formula for taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

The Five 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>Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami</i>

I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.

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.

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Five faultless gifts

<p>“There are these five gifts, five great gifts — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that are not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and are unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & brahmans. Which five?

“There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the first gift, the first great gift — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & brahmans…

“Furthermore, abandoning taking what is not given (stealing), the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking what is not given. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the second gift…

“Furthermore, abandoning illicit sex, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from illicit sex. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the third gift…

“Furthermore, abandoning lying, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from lying. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the fourth gift…

“Furthermore, abandoning the use of intoxicants, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking intoxicants. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the fifth gift, the fifth great gift — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & brahmans.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— AN 8.39</p>

<p><b>See also:</b></p> <ul> <li>The Eight Precepts</li> <li>The Ten Precepts</li> <li>The threefold refuge</li> <li>"The Healing Power of the Precepts" by Thanissaro Bhikkhu</li> <li><a href=”../../../lib/authors/desilva/bl123_en.html”><i>Radical Therapy: Buddhist Precepts in the Modern World</i></a> by Lily de Silva</li>

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