TEN PRECEPTS of Mahayana Buddhism March 26, 2007 12:29 AM
1. Not killing
2. Not stealing
3. Not indulging in sexual greed
4. Not speaking falsehood
5. Not misusing intoxicants
6. Not talking of the faults of others
7. Not praising oneself nor slandering others
8. Not begrudging the dharma or materials
9. Not being angry
10. Not slandering the Three Treasures, the Buddha, the Dharma & the Sangha
Commentary by Sapan Rinpoche
These TEN PRECEPTS are also known as the "Pratimoksha Vows" in Mahyana Buddhism.
Buddha is the teacher, as Christ in Christianity, for example. The Dharma is "The Law" or the teachings of the teacher, Buddha, which were given and recorded (written down) in the Sutras. Or, for example, "The Holy Scriptures" - "The Holy Bible" of Christiantity. And the Sangha is the community of practitioners or participants in your spiritual group; or, again, in Christianity ... the Congregation. The Buddha, Dharma & Sangha are also most often referred to as "The Three Jewels." SANGHA thus has a very important function in Buddhism, one of its great recognitions ... the support and assistance of our fellow Brothers & Sisters. Our "Worldwide Interfaith Healing Circle" is a kind of Sangha, or Congregation. You can perhaps easily process all of this through any of your other personal Faith Groups.
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October 08, 2007 3:49 PM
Yes indeed these Precepts were the very attractive part of Buddhism of which I was drawn...my 'group' takes the Truths from all the major belief systems and encloses them as One, so that all devotees feel most welcome and at home..it is a rise in consciousness of the student to incorporate the vision of Oneness or Christ/Buddha/Krishna Consciousness as a high minute by minute daily spiritual practice.What we practice on is each thing that life presents in that moment.
We take the 'middle way' not totally of any world religions, we embrace them all honoring their teachers but mostly practicing and Teaching their Truths with Clarity and Love.
A vision of humanity living to the precepts posted by Sapan above would be a glorious sight.
May all Beings Be Free from Suffering.
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