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Five Precepts (오계)

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Writer Jogye Date13 Aug 2015 Read3,774 Comment0

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Leading a Buddhist Life and the Five Precepts

 

Not to do any evil,
To cultivate good,
To purify one's mind,
This is the teaching of the Buddha.
-Dhammapada

It is simple but not easy. When a child is three years old, he knows it. However, when he is over 80 years old, he cannot really practice it in his daily life.

The five precepts should be observed by all Buddhists, monastic or lay, in order to lead a happy life. By observing the precepts, not only do you cultivate moral strength, but you also perform the highest service to your fellow beings. Following are the basic precepts that all people should practice and abide by.

1. Do not kill

2. Do not steal

3. Do not indulge in sexual misconduct

4. Do not make false speech

5. Do not take intoxicants

- excerpt from Buddhist English (Elementary 1) published in 2014 by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
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