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BUDDHIST PRECEPTS (II)

The Sixth Precept: do not maintain anger or hatred. As soon as anger or hatred arise, practice the meditation on compassion in order to deeply understand the persons who have caused anger and hatred. learn to look at other beings with the eyes of compassion.

The Seventh Precept: Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Learn to practice breathing in order to regain composure of body and mind, to practice mindfulness and to develop concentration and understanding.

The Eighth Precept: Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however, small.

The Ninth Precept: Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things that you are not sure of. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out bout situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

The Tenth Precept: do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.


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