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Buddhist Morality

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The Pancha Shila, or five moral precepts:
1. Avoid killing, or harming any living thing.
2. Avoid stealing — taking what is not yours to take.
3. Avoid sexual irresponsibility, which for monks and nuns means celibacy.
4. Avoid lying, or any hurtful speech.
5. Avoid alcohol and drugs which diminish clarity of consciousness.
To these, monks and nuns add…
6. One simple meal a day, before noon.
7. Avoid frivolous entertainments.
8. Avoid self-adornment.
9. Use a simple bed and seat.
10. Avoid the use of money.
Full monastic life adds over two hundred more rules and regulations!
The Paramita
The Perfections or Virtues — noble qualities that we should all strive to achieve. Here are two versions:
1. Generosity (P: dana) 2. Moral discipline (P: sila) 3. Patience and tolerance (P: khanti) 4. Wisdom or (full-) consciousness (P: pañña) 5. Energy (P: viriya) 6. Renunciation (P: nekkhamma) 7. Truthfulness (P: sacca) 8. Determination (P: adhitthana) 9. Loving kindness (P: metta) 10. Equanimity (P: upekkha)
1. Generosity (dana) 2. Moral discipline (shila) 3. Patience and tolerance (kshanti) 4. Energy (virya) 5. Meditation (dhyana) 6. Wisdom or (full-) consciousness (prajña) 7. Skilled methods (upaya) 8. Vow or resolution (pranidhana) 9. The ten powers or special abilities (dashabala) 10. Knowledge (jñana)
The Brahma Vihara
The Brahma Vihara are the four “sublime states” to which we all should aspire. They are the great signs of the Bodhisattva, who vows to remain in samsara — this world of pain and sorrow — until all creation can be brought into the state of Nirvana together.
1. Maitri is caring, loving kindness displayed to all you meet.
2. Karuna is compassion or mercy, the kindness shown to those who suffer.
3. Mudita is sympathetic joy, being happy for others, without a trace of envy.
4. Upeksa is equanimity or peacefulness, the ability to accept the ups and downs of life with equal dispassion.
The Sigalovada Sutta
This Sutra is a record of the words of the Buddha to Sigalo, a young middle class man, who was on his way to worship the six directions, east, west, north, south, up, and down. His father had died and asked him to worship in this very ancient fashion in remembrance of him. The Buddha, wishing this ritual to have more meaning for the young man, advised him in detail about how to live a good life as a layman. He phrased himself, as he apparently so often did, using lists, and begins by warning him against many of the evils of the layman’s life.
The four vices:
1. The destruction of life 2. Stealing 3. Sexual misconduct 4. Lying
The four things which lead to evil:
1. Desire, meaning greed, lust, clinging 2. Anger and hatred 3. Ignorance 4. Fear and anxiety
The six ways one dissipates ones wealth:
1. Drinking and drugs 2. Carousing late at night 3. Wasting away your time at shows 4. Gambling 5. Keeping bad company 6. Laziness
And he provides details regarding these last six that demonstrate the manners in which drink, etc., lead to one’s downfall.
Then he provides a lesson on friendship — how to distinguish good friends from bad friends. There are four types that are not really your friends, but will make your life miserable in the long run:
1. The leech who appropriates your possessions 2. The bull-shitter who manipulates you 3. The boot-licker who flatters you 4. The party-animal who encourages you to do the same
A good friend, on the other hand, is one who…
1. is always ready to help you 2. is steady and loyal 3. provides good advice 4. is sympathetic

Written by Bhushan Kulkarni

May 23, 2007 at 11:31 am

Posted in Buddha

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