Eight Precepts

The eight precepts are a commitment to living together in community in a way that fosters trust, harmlessness and simplicity. Overnight guests are asked to keep these precepts while staying at the vihara.

  1. Pānātipātā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from taking the life of any living creature.
  2. Adinnādānā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
  3. Abrahmacariyā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from any kind of sexual activity.
  4. Musāvādā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from false and harmful speech.
  5. Surāmeraya-majja-pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from consuming intoxicating drink and drugs which lead to carelessness.
  6. Vikālabhojanā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at inappropriate times.
  7. Nacca-gīta-vādita-visukadassanā mālā-gandha-vilepana-dhārana-mandana vibhūsanaṭṭhānā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from entertainment, beautification and adornment.
  8. Uccāsayana-mahāsayana veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi
    I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.
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