"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to purify one's mind—this is the teaching of the Buddhas"
Reverence For Life
Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, or in my way of life. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world.
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking, and acting. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others; and I will share my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. I will practice looking deeply to see that the happiness and suffering of others are not separate from my own happiness and suffering; that true happiness is not possible without understanding and compassion; and that running after wealth, fame, power and sensual pleasures can bring much suffering and despair. I am aware that happiness depends on my mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that I can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that I already have more than enough conditions to be happy. I am committed to practicing Right Livelihood so that I can help reduce the suffering of living beings on Earth and reverse the process of global warming.
greenjuice wrote:Could maybe environmental concern be considered like a part of Buddha's precepts that one should protect one's family and friends, like those found in the Sigala Sutta?
Also, is 'doing good' that comes after 'not doing bad' in Buddhism considered, to use a Christian term, supererogatory?
reflection wrote:I wouldn't say it is part of the precepts as the Buddha put them down - not the basic 5 at least, since those mainly have to do with the internal world of the mind.
I don't know what supererogatory is
greenjuice wrote:Thanks for the answers and quotes guysreflection wrote:I wouldn't say it is part of the precepts as the Buddha put them down - not the basic 5 at least, since those mainly have to do with the internal world of the mind.
I wasn't talking about the five precepts, but about other Buddha's rules/ advice, like when in the Sigala Sutta he talkes about protecting your family and friends, and in Dighajanu Sutta when he talks about protective efforts against theft and disaster.I don't know what supererogatory is
Good, but unnecessary, additional. E.g. among ancient Greeks the academics thought that charity is supererogatory, it is something good to do, but not a necessary condition to being a good person, you can avoid doing it, and there's nothing wrong with that- whereas the stoics thought that charity and helping others in general is not supererogatory but necessary, and that if you don't practice it- you cannot be a good person, if you can but don't it you are unjust. Similar differences concerning charity and also other topics exist among Christian and Muslim denominations.
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