Five Wonderful Precepts By Buddha Will Completely Transform Your Life


1.Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and to learn the ways of protecting the lives of people, animals and plants. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.

2.Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing and oppression, I vow to cultivate loving-kindness and learn ways to work for the well-being of people, animals and plants. I vow to practice generosity by sharing my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in real need. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. I will respect the property of others, but I will do everything in my power to prevent others from human suffering of other species.

3.Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I vow to cultivate my responsibility and learn ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families and society. I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without love and long-term commitment. To preserve the happiness of myself and others, I am determined to respect my commitments and the commitments of others. I will do everything in my power to protect children from sexual abuse and to protect families from being broken by sexual misconduct.

4.Aware of suffering caused by

unmindful speech and the inability to

listen to the suffering of others, I vow

to cultivate loving speech and deep

listening in order to bring joy and

happiness to others and relieve others

of their suffering. Knowing that words

can create happiness or bring

suffering, I vow to learn to speak

truthfully, with words that can inspire

self confidence, joy and hope. I am

determined not to spread news that I

do not know to be certain, and not to

criticize or condemn things I am not

sure of . I will refrain from uttering

words that can cause division or

discord, or that can cause the family or

the community to break. I will make

every effort to reconcile and resolve all

conflicts, even small.

5.Aware of the suffering caused by

unmindful consumption, I vow to

cultivate good health, both physical

and mental, for myself, my family, and

my society by practicing mindful eating,

drinking, and consuming. I vow to

ingest only items that preserve peace,

well-being and joy in my body, in my

consciousness, and in the collective

body and consciousness of my family

and society. I am determined not to

use alcohol or any other intoxicants,

or to ingest foods or other items that

contain toxins, such as certain T.V.

programs, magazines, books, films and

conversations. I am aware that to

damage my body and my

consciousness with these poisons is to

betray my ancestors, my parents, my

society, and future generations. I will

work to transform violence, fear, anger,

and confusion by practicing a diet for

myself and for society. I understand

that a proper diet is crucial for self-

transformation, and for the

transformation of society.


~ By Thich Nhat Hanh
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