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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OBSERVING PRECEPTS

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue and Siew-Hsiang Chow

To observe precepts is to have true freedom as a result of not harming others. To take and uphold the precepts is to refrain from infringing upon others’ rights, protecting everyone’s lives, wealth, families, and careers as a result.

Killing, stealing, having sexual misconduct, lying, and taking intoxicants are the opposite of the precepts; these actions harm others and also result in our own loss of freedom by ending up in jail. Therefore, observing precepts truly results in:

  1. Freedom for all, for both oneself and others.
  2. Safety for all, for both oneself and others.
  3. Happiness for all, for both oneself and others.
  4. Wholesomeness for all, for both oneself and others.
  5. Benefit for all, for both oneself and others.
  6. Liberation for all, for both oneself and others.
── from Renjian Fojiao Xilie (Humanistic Buddhism Series) and others