BUDDHIST PRECEPTS (III)
The Eleventh Precept: Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation which helps realize your ideal of compassion.
The Twelfth Precept: Do not kill. do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.
The Thirteenth Precept: Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others, but prevent others from enriching themselves from human suffering or the suffering of other beings.
The Fourteenth Precept: Do not mistreat your body. learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. Sexual relationships should not happen without love and commitment. In sexual relationships, be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibilities of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.
The precepts defined above are taken from an article entitled: "In the Crucible: The Precepts of the Order of Interbeing" by Fred Eppsteiner, in The Path of Compassion, ed. Fred. Eppsteiner.
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