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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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 ...
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What is observing the precepts in a Hinayana way or a Mahayana way?

In Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Shunryu Suzuki says observing the precepts in a Hinayana way is violating the precepts in a Mahayana way Can an one give an explanation of way he is getting at here ...
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Performing magic breaking the fourth precept(lying)?

Magic used to be a great passion of mine. Performing card tricks etc. Im thinking of picking it up again, but what ive been thinking is if the performance of a trick constitutes breaking the fourth ...
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Is celibacy intrinsic to Buddhism?

I was reading about Buddhism in Wiki and I just am not able to make out if celibacy is a must for Buddhists?
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Buddhist precepts and suppression

In the Buddhist precept it teaches us to 'abstain' and 'refrain'. How is this abstention is different to suppression? It's good to practice with understanding and wisdom but most people are still ...
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Does the second precept only apply to theft?

Considering the second precept Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. which I am most familiar with its translation as I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not ...
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Is assault against the first precept?

The first precept states I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing. So does this mean that punching someone in the nose isn't actually against the first precept and the five precepts ...
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Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept?

As a kid I used to download a lot of softwares and movies using torrents. Even if something illegal is done, it doesn't necessarily mean that it violates a precept. But can this be considered as ...
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If a substance enhanced the ability to stay mindful, and didnt cause intoxication or carelessness, would it still violate the fifth precept?

this subject is so controversial i cant get a solid explanation. i am retrying an attempt to find better advice on the subject of continuing unorthodox methods that are controversial if they are truly ...
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Euthanasia for animals

Killing and harming are against the first precept. I understand that an important part of the practice is being mindful at the time of death, but do animals have this capacity? Would it be better to ...
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Are there any specific stories or talks where Buddha discussed using mind altering substances other than alcohol?

It goes without saying that alcohol makes you mindless. Theres debate about pot creating conditions for enhanced mindfulness in SOME individuals. My question is not "is it okay". I know what to ...
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Is moderate drinking acceptable in Buddhism?

I have heard a certain interpretation of the 5th precept and I'm curious about it, the person said that for lay people the 5th precept means "not drinking alcohol to the point you get intoxicated or ...
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Euthanasia and Buddhism

The first precept makes it clear that we should refrain from killing. However let's say you have an animal (or worse, a human) who is going to die anyway (say from being attacked by another animal, ...
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How does Buddhism define abortion? [duplicate]

Abortion is a much-debated topic, and religion frequently plays a role in any such discussion. How does abortion fit into Buddhist faith? Is it considered negative karma by definition, or perhaps ...
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Can or should a Buddhist defend themselves physically?

If someone is attacking you to kill you should you defend yourself? Would it be ethical to kill an intruder coming into your home? If not, how did the bushido samauri warriors justify it? We're they ...
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Masturbation: Does it break the 3rd precept?

According to this answer, it seems like masturbation is not considered sexual misconduct or breaking the third precept. However, the whole point (in general) of keeping the precept is to make good ...
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Is self-immolation an ethical act?

The image of the Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc committing suicide by self-immolation is a hugely iconic image of the 20th century. But bearing in mind the first precept against taking life, can this ...
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What are the Five Precepts?

And where are they found in the Pali Canon? I realize that this is a Straw Man question for the group but I would like to raise our visibility on the Web and perhaps start our community wiki.
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Are Buddhists against abortion?

While other religions seem to have a definition position on abortion I've never come across the Buddhist view on this. From a naive perspective I would imagine that Buddhists would be prolife rather ...
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How is sexual misconduct explained in regards to the five precepts?

The 3rd precept is: I undertake the training rule to avoid sexual misconduct. How is this precept explained? Marriage is defined differently in different cultures, so are the commonly accepted ...
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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Most if not all Buddhists I know are vegetarian or vegan. Thinking about the precepts this is not surprising - one should abstain from killing. However is this universally true in all Buddhist ...
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Does not keeping a promise violate the precept on lying? What if I promised myself?

In my opinion, if you promise something to someone and don't keep it, it is equivalent to lying. But what if the promise is to myself and I don't keep it; is it violating the precept on lying? Does ...
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Do all Buddhists abstain from alcohol?

I've been to a nice restaurant (pictured below) where the bar was decorated with statues of the Buddha. Given the 5th precept and all; this seemed a bit odd. Would it be correct to surmise that the ...
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Is drinking coffee or tea against the fifth precept?

The fifth precept most directly guides us to abstain from alcohol. Coffee is a stimulant and probably so is tea. Drinking either beverage affects our mental calm and makes us behave in ways that we ...
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How should Buddhists handle prayer requests?

Fairly regularly people ask me to pray for them or their family members. In my understanding, Buddhist don't generally pray for things to be different than what they are. But it never seems ...
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How concerned should Buddhists be with the actions of others?

Even as I find peace and contentment in observing the 5 precepts and following along the 8 fold path, I realize I sometimes unintentionally benefit from those who don't live in this manner. For ...
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Is killing vermin and insects justifiable?

The first precept goes something similar to I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing. Now, I understand that, for instance, eating meat is allowed, but what about, for instance, ...

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