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A Guide for Laypeople

The Eight Precepts

The Five can then be refined into the Eight Precepts:

"I undertake the training precept:

  1. to abstain from taking life.
  2. to abstain from taking what is not given.
  3. to abstain from unchastity.
  4. to abstain from false speech.
  5. to abstain from intoxicants causing heedlessness.
  6. to abstain from untimely eating.
  7. to abstain from dancing, singing, music and unseemly shows, from wearing garlands, smartening with scents, and beautifying with perfumes.
  8. to abstain from the use of high and large luxurious couches."
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