Definition: Five Precepts
Sanskrit, sila. Obligations that both monks and laypersons undertake. They are to abstain from: harming any living being; taking anything not given; sensual misconduct; false speech; and losing control through intoxication.
The Five Precepts (Sanskrit, sila) are obligations that both Buddhist monks and laypersons undertake. They are as follows:
- Do not harm any living being.
- Do not take anything not given.
- Do not engage in sexual misconduct.
- Do not speak falsely.
- Do not lose control through intoxication.