The Five Wonderful Precepts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thich Nhat Hanh is a world renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk.  He phrased the precepts, teachings offered by the Buddha, in a very poetic way.  These precepts offer suggestions or gentle guidelines as to how we can live harmoniously together.  

 

 

FIRST PRECEPT
Being mindful of suffering caused by the taking of life, we are determined to live in ways that preserve and protect life in all its forms.
SECOND PRECEPT
Being mindful of suffering caused by the taking of what belongs to others, we are determined to take only what is freely given and to give freely as we are able to those in need.
THIRD PRECEPT
Being mindful of suffering caused by sexual acts that break commitments, we are determined to keep our commitments and to respect the commitments of others.
FOURTH PRECEPT
Being mindful of suffering caused by careless or malicious speech, we are determined to use words to heal the wounds of misunderstanding, anger, hate, and fear.
FIFTH PRECEPT
Being mindful of suffering caused by taking poisons into our bodies and minds, we are determined to take into our bodies and minds only those things that nourish awareness, life, and love.