Five Precepts Buddha's Teachings
They allow a person lead a peaceful life, while contributing to the happiness of their family and society
The Five Precepts/Teachings are recommendations given by the Buddha. They allow a person to lead a peaceful life while contributing to the happiness of their family and society. The Five Precepts are voluntarily observed for those who are seeking Present Moment Clarification, Spiritual Enlightenment, and understanding of self. They form the basis of universal morality.
First Precept: Respect for Life: Avoid Killing; To Protect: I am aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I undertake the precept to cultivate compassion and protect human, animal and plant life. I am determined not to kill or injure. I undertake the precept to cultivate universal kindness for the well being of people and animals. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in myself and in society to understanding and compassion.
Second Precept: Respect for Personal Property, Do Not Steal; be generous will practice generosity by sharing and giving my material and spiritual wealth. I am aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, injustice, theft, and oppression. I will share my wealth, time, energy, empathy, encouragement and other resources, and truth. I will respect the property of others and the public and prevent others from profiting from the suffering of any being.
Third Precept: Respect for Personal Relationships: Do Not Indulge the Senses; be Content: I undertake the precept to cultivate responsibility and protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without love, responsibility and a long-term commitment. To preserve the happiness of others and myself, I will respect the commitments of others. I will also not mindlessly indulge my senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and/or mind in the sense pleasures.
Fourth Precept: Respect for Truth: Do Not Lie; Be Truthful: I am aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and inability to listen to others, I undertake the precept to cultivate loving speech and deep listening to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve them of their suffering. I will speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news, criticize or condemn on that which I do not know for certain. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord in family or community. I will make the effort to reconcile and resolve conflicts big and small.
The Fifth Precept Respect for Mental and Physical Well-being: Avoid Intoxicants; To Be Mindful: I am aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, alcohol, drugs, other intoxicants, or to ingest foods/items that contain negative elements. I will cultivate good physical and mental health, for myself, my family and society by practicing mindful eating, drinking and consuming.