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Ten Precepts in Buddhism and Daoism


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The below is borrowed freely from Wikipedia.

The Ten Precepts in Daoism:

  1. Do not kill but always be mindful of the host of living beings.
  2. Do not be lascivious or think depraved thoughts.
  3. Do not steal or receive unrighteous wealth.
  4. Do not cheat or misrepresent good and evil.
  5. Do not get intoxicated but always think of pure conduct.
  6. I will maintain harmony with my ancestors and family and never disregard my kin.
  7. When I see someone do a good deed, I will support him with joy and delight.
  8. When I see someone unfortunate, I will support him with dignity to recover good fortune.
  9. When someone comes to do me harm, I will not harbor thoughts of revenge.
  10. As long as all beings have not attained the Dao, I will not expect to do so myself.

The Ten Grave Precepts in Buddhism:

  1. Respect life – Do not kill
  2. Be giving – Do not steal
  3. Honor the body – Do not misuse sexuality
  4. Manifest truth – Do not lie
  5. Proceed clearly – Do not cloud the mind
  6. See the perfection – Do not speak of others’ errors and faults
  7. Realize self and others as one – Do not elevate the self and blame others
  8. Give generously – Do not be withholding
  9. Actualize harmony – Do not be angry
  10. Experience the intimacy of things – Do not defile the Three Treasures

There are some differences–and similarities.  The first five are broadly similar.  The latter five are somewhat different.  This takes a lot of thinking about to realize.  Think about it for a while and get back to me.  In the meantime, don’t kill, steal, or lie.  That should be enough for now.

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