The Precepts

During retreat we take all eight precepts as taken by monks. In the rest of our life we try our best to adhere to the first five precepts.

“If you can look after your bodily actions and speech, then they’re beautiful. At ease. Your manners, your comings and goings, your speech, are all beautiful.” — Ajahn Chah, The Precepts Aren’t Hard

The Eight Precepts

  1.   I undertake the training rule to refrain from taking life.
  2.   I undertake the training rule to to refrain from stealing.
  3.   I undertake the training rule to refrain from sexual intercourse [misconduct].
  4.   I undertake the training rule to to refrain from telling lies.
  5.   I undertake the training rule to refrain from intoxicating liquors and drugs that lead to heedlessness.
  6.   I undertake the training rule to refrain from eating after noon and before dawn.
  7.   I undertake the training rule to to refrain from dancing, singing, music, watching shows, wearing garlands, beautifying myself with perfumes and cosmetics.
  8.   I undertake the training rule to refrain from high and luxurious seats and beds.

page revised: 29 May 2018

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