Questions tagged [five-precepts]

The Five Precepts constitute the basic Buddhist code of ethics, undertaken by lay followers of the Buddha Gautama in the Theravadan as well as in Mahayanan traditions.

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I'm interested in precise piece-by-piece translations of the 5 precepts

I recently saw a post on this website by Andrei Volkov that discussed the term Kāmesumicchācāra, breaking it down into it's constituent parts and discussing the full meaning of the word. It led to me ...
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Breach of second precept

Is copying a Dhamma book in hard copy and converting it into a pdf to read on my kindle a breach of the second precept? I am planning only to read it myself and not give it to anyone. I also thought ...
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Why is it that Buddhist monks are strongly associated with beggars?

It seems to be a strong affinity in media for monks to be beggars. There doesn't seem to be anything in Buddhism that effectively correlates to being poor, or even using begging for livelihood. The ...
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Killing a mouse in the house with a third party

I have read the question How not to kill the mouse in my house? and this got me thinking. Would it be wrong to own a cat that would then kill the mouse? I'm not referring to buying a cat strictly to ...
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Did the Buddha talk about karma and sexual misconduct independent of the lay precepts

Did the Buddha talk about karma and sexual misconduct independent of the lay precepts? Killing a Buddha results in (immediate) rebirth in avici; what is the karma for cheating on your spouse? Karma ...
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If we tell lies to save lives, will that be a sin?

This page, Lay Buddhist Vows, says, Do not distort fact This one is usually translated as: don't lie. Again: it wider than that. Sometimes the use of words can make something seem ...
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Sexual misconduct, what is it

What is it? Is sex just for pleasure with your partner breaking a precept? Eg with a condom. And is being circumcised bad over personal preferences/ (hygiene,aesthetic)? is oral and anal sex bad? Is ...
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Question on sexual immorality and a family situation

I recently, and accidentally, found out one of my very close family members has been watching pornography on my computer. He had borrowed it and had used it apparently for his own purposes one night. ...
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Are the movie Fight Club, and Project Mayhem in it, buddhist?

Is the movie Fight Club, and the Project Mayhem idea at all buddhist? Since it predicates detachment from material possesions there's a neat point. I believe in the end it's not, but wanted to ask ...
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Alternative to lying?

This looks like a bunch of riddles, for that pardon me.... If someone run past you and some chasing him with weapons ask you if you saw him or not, seeing the danger that he is in you might want to ...
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Are the Sins in dreams, sins?

Background: Recently when I was in the deep sleep I saw some dreams, which showed that I am going against the five precepts. For Instance, I lied somebody. I felt that as I lie in real life; I ...
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How do I prevent non-buddhists from going against fourth precept?

As we know fourth precept is the one precept that the Bodhisatta has never said to have broken since he started cultivating Paramita. When I need to prevent a Buddhist person form lying, I state the ...
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Conditions to break a precept

In the commentary it's said, in order to lie, all four conditions must be met: An untrue statement Intention to deceive Effort is made Other deceived by what is said But according to original Vinaya,...
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How worried should one be about the lay precepts?

I took the lay precepts after a short retreat. It was suggested that we say them however loudly we mean them. I'm kinda worried about this. I may have over-estimated how much I meant them, and also, ...
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What is the purpose of the 5th precept?

“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 ...
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Is there a Sanskrit (not Pali) version of the Five Precepts?

Can anyone provide me a Sanskrit (not Pali) translation of the Five Precepts?
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Does the fifth precept ban smoking?

The fifth precept started off as a ban on the drinking of alcohol. It has since been expanded to ban the use of intoxicants. Is tobacco also forbidden under the fifth precept?
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How do different traditions define “intoxicant”?

Since the mapping of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) began about ten years ago, around 500 new subsatances has been discovered. This is a somewhat different situation than what was the case 2500 ...
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Is fourth precept personal and depends on the individual?

I find it very hard to get a clear understanding what is considered a breach of this precept and what is not. Different perspective offers different answer. For example: Some people considered ...
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What does it mean by perfect morality?

It's said that Sotapanna has perfect morality. For example, AN 3.85 says: "There is the case where a monk is wholly accomplished in virtue, moderately accomplished in concentration, and moderately ...
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Help me with a paradox

One Day i was thinking about the "Thrikoti parishuddha sila" (The ultimate version of five precepts) Let me give an example how this version works.... You can't kill You can't aid killing You can't ...
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Killing and planing to kill

As to Buddhism killing is wrong and planning such things is also wrong. So what is the difference between the Karma of a person who killed someone and a person who only planned but never killed.
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How to reveal truth about a liar or a person who is trying to deceive others?

If someone is intentionally deceiving someone else and if I am aware of it, if I inform the innocent person in this matter, would that be against five precepts?
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Is there a gradation of proper and improper deeds?

When somebody asks if it's OK for a Buddhist to do this or that, different answers may be given: It goes against n'th precept It is an unwholesome action It will produce bad kamma It will cause ...
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Step siblings and relationships

Lord Buddha once said "The future humans will have unusual lusts and temptations" So when i saw a this in a TV series i couldn't define the line, If two step siblings form a romantic relationship ...
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Marriage and porn

We all know the limits of a married person.We all know the definition of cheating in Buddhism. But Buddhism existed in a time Porn did not exist. So if a married person watch porn is it cheating?
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Is raping a male arahant or a non-arahant less immoral/less serious than raping a female arahant?

I've read the following passage and I wonder if it really implies what it seems to imply. The gravity of the offence is determined by the degree of lust motivating the action and the ...
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How is white lie damaging?

Someone is chased by a murderer, he hides in your house. The person who wants to kill him asks you if you have seen the man. And you say you didn't see. How is this action damaging, what harm have you ...
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How many types of lying?

To fulfill a lie: The statement must be untrue. There must be an intention to deceive. An effort must be made to deceive. The other person understands the meaning. One person says something he didn'...
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What is considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

This precept is often translated as harsh speech or false speech. The meaning of this precept is often understood as not to tell lie. But how are we supposed to define "lie" in Buddhist context ...
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Five Precepts - did Buddha really preach them?

The five precepts are (from wikipedia) I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given. I undertake the training ...
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Why is 'do not be unfair' not a precept? And some related questions on precepts

What's the rationale or logic behind the precepts? Does fairness come into it? Are the list of precepts ever expanded to accommodate changing contexts? Being very unfair to someone who trusts one ...
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Do five precepts protect?

All five precepts are relatively clearly defined except maybe the third precept. There are different types of women that are prohibited, prostitute is not one of the requirement to break the third ...
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If a buddhist should not kill a mouse living in their home, what justification do they have to rid themselves of a parasite such tapeworms

An extension of this question posted earlier: How not to kill the mouse in my house? Where does one draw the line for which forms of life are ok to destroy, and which ones are not? Is it just a ...
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What is the origin of the Five Enobling Virtues?

"The practice of precepts helps one to cultivate five ennobling virtues which correspond to each of the precepts. The first is the cultivation of compassion; the second, generosity and non-attachment; ...
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Does using a pdf for sale for free violate the 2nd precept?

So I enjoy Dungeons and Dragons a bunch, and have recently begun trying to follow the first 5 precepts of Buddhism. I'm not a practicing Buddhist, but I think they are a good way to live my life. So I ...
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Found items and the Second Precept

There was a crumbled up dollar bill on the stairs when I was coming out of work today. I looked around and didn't see anyone who might have dropped it. I picked it up and walked away. Pretty soon I ...
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Trouble understanding “sensual misconduct”

Is this phrase analogous to over-indulgence in sense pleasures, or is indulgence in any sense pleasure at any level considered a form of misconduct? Thankya
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Buddhist attitude towards prostitution and non-procreative sexual activity

I would like to ask a question from a Theravada Buddhism perspective. In the Sutta it's said having sex with particular people is considered as sexual misconduct: He has no intercourse with girls ...
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Does the fifth precept refer exclusively to chemical stimulants?

The fifth precept is I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness but I have read interpretations that translate it as I undertake to abstain from ...
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Does consensual sex break the five precepts?

Is it considered breaking the five precepts under these circumstances: Both are in a relationship, unmarried and it's purely consensual. Both are single and it's purely consensual.
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Is there a Connection between Sila and Fear?

Is there a connection between Sila and fear? I find fear to be the main reason I practice sila. I would like to practice Sila out of loving kindness and a compassionate heart but I'm more worried ...
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Right Livelihood and Veterinarians

I went to the vet last weekend and it got me thinking- veterinarians often kill animals in order to relieve suffering; would this form of killing be considered to violate the first precept, even ...
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What do we do when we've broken a precept?

How should we proceed in our practice when we have broken some of the five precepts? I am anguished over this unwholesome behavior and the negative karma I created. Ajahn Brahm talks about self-...
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Drunk monks and the 5th precept

I have heard that the 5th precept was not a core of Buddhism, it was created later by the Buddha after some monks returned drunk from alms because they had something with alcohol (accidently I believe)...
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The Third Precept and Prostitution

For a Buddhist who is single, do occasional "visits" to the brothel break the observing of the Third Precept? In other words, the Third Precept is perfectly "intact" when one engages in such activity (...
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Does eating eggs break the precepts?

On the Buddhist days for eating vegetarian, as laypeople is it okay if we eat eggs? I hear people say that eggs grown for eating are not devoid of life. If eaten, is one guilty of killing?
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How to deal with people and handle rude language?

How should one properly handle cases in which people use a rude language and indulge in idle talk or gossip, according to the Buddhist teachings? How to speak or act with a pure thought when people ...
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Is it useful to practice intoxicated?

I am aware that drinking is against the fifth precept, but there are certain occasions where I can enjoy a few drinks (few times a month). I read a lot that it is not recommended to meditate purposely ...
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Is lying at a job interview breaking a precept?

Since lying is not really directed at a person, can it still be harmful? I have had multiple jobs before when the companies I worked for had no issues lying to me(on a organizational level) I can ...