|The Buddhist Wheel of the Liberating Dharma (kadampa.org)|
|Buddha mudra, Thailand (Ponz666/flickr)|
|I will enjoy peace of mind and freedom.|
"A disciple of the noble ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life. In doing so, one gives to limitless numbers of beings freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression. In giving freedom to limitless numbers of beings, one gains a share of limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the first gift...
"Furthermore, abandoning taking what is not given (stealing), a disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking what is not given....
"Furthermore, abandoning sexual misconduct, a disciple of the noble ones abstains from sexual misconduct....
"Furthermore, abandoning false speech, a disciple of the noble ones abstains from false speech....
|Careless in Colarado (Brennan Linsley/AP)|
|The Buddha rises above all obstalces (Buddhisam)|
The Five Precepts consist of five training rules of abstinence: (1) from killing, (2) from stealing, (3) from sexual misconduct, (4) from false speech, and (5) from intoxicants.
The Five Precepts are designed to [give freedom from remorse as they] discipline and purify the three avenues of human action -- body, speech, and mind.
|The Buddha rediscovered the Path then taught it.|
The dual discipline of body and speech has a healthy effect on the purity of mind, although complete mental purity can only be brought about by "bringing it into being" (bhavana, mental culture, cultivation, self-development, or meditation).
The fifth precept -- abstaining from using intoxicants -- attempts to safeguard the mental faculty from degenerating through toxicity or a bad habit. A person under the influence has little control over oneself. So one is easily tempted to carelessly transgress the four other precepts as well. More
|The ancient Five Precepts, Lumbini, Nepal (tripadvisor.com)|