Do you think I could take the first precept: "I undertake the precept to avoid destroying the life of living beings for the next 24 hours"?
And harm to parasites is the tip of the iceberg regarding the dukkha involved in me consuming food, clothing, shelter and medicine.
reflection wrote:To answer the question in the title, the answer is a simple no. Just like the other parts of the path, the precepts are a training. They are not rules set in stone.
dhammapal wrote:reflection wrote:To answer the question in the title, the answer is a simple no. Just like the other parts of the path, the precepts are a training. They are not rules set in stone.
My dictionary defines "precept" as "a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct".
Do you think it is a mistranslation? No mention of it being for training just as "no-nos".
Thanks / dhammapal.
the Buddha transl. Thanissaro wrote:If one with a confident mind were to undertake the training rules — refraining from taking life, refraining from taking what is not given, refraining from illicit sex, refraining from lying, refraining from distilled & fermented drinks that cause heedlessness — that would be more fruitful than... if one with a confident mind were to go to the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha for refuge.
From: Velama Sutta: About Velama (On Sequence of Merit)
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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