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EVERYDAY LIVING GUIDELINES
The following guidelines are laid out by the Lord Buddha in order to bring happiness, peace and success in one's life. The principle of doing no harm to oneself and to others. In Buddhism, it is not said that one "MUST NOT" do things. It only suggests one to "REFRAIN" from doing unwholesome things. From not refraining from doing unwholesome things, it would bring no benefits to oneself and to others. Only miseries, troubles, problems and difficulties as a consequence. For those who refrain and follow the guidelines, have peace, tranquillity, happiness and a rewarding life. Five Precepts: 1. I undertake the precept to refrain from killing 2. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking what is not given 3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct 4. I undertake the precept to refrain from speaking what is not the truth (lies) 5. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking intoxicating drinks And drugs (alcohol, non-medicinal drugs, smoking and inhaling Hallucinogens). Note: Buddhism is a process of gradual developments. One is not expected to be able to follow these guidelines overnight. The development comes not from suppressing, but from gaining wisdom. Understanding of why we refrain from doing these unwholesome things. It is from understanding the 'causes and conditions' and the deliberate actions that we do, which create the results that we are facing NOW. In other words, we own these results because we are the ones who had performed those acts in the first place. For example, if you like drinking alcohol, try and give up gradually. If you usually drink a bottle now, try and drink only two thirds of it. Then gradually drink only half. In a few months or year, you will be able to drink only a glass or two. As your wisdom develops, you will eventually give it up by yourself. No one will have to encourage you. It's like walking naked. You will feel ashamed of yourself and you won't do it anymore. Ten Perfections (Paramis) 1. Dana - Generosity and contribution in many ways for the welfare of others. 2. Sila - Development of wholesome moral conduct. 3. Nekkhamma - Renunciation of sensual pleasures to maintain contentment. 4. Panna - Development of understanding to gain wisdom. 5. Viriya - Cultivation of physical & mental energy to maintain purity & service. 6. Khanti - Patience, non-violence and peaceful attitudes. 7. Sacca - Truthfulness and sincerity. 8. Adhitthana - Resolution. Determination or development of will power. 9. Metta - Radiation of loving-kindness or goodwill. 10. Upekkha - Equanimity, impartiality or balanced mind. Things Buddhist avoid: Ten Kinds of Evil Actions Three Evil Actions by Body - killing - Stealing - Sexual Misconduct Four Evil actions by Speech - Lying - Slandering - Harsh Speech - Frivolous talk Three Evil Actions by Mind - Covetousness: Jealously eager for the possession of the property of another person. - Ill-Will - Wrong View Wrong View - Belief that intentional actions (kamma), good or bad, do not bear any retribution. - View that things are not changing and they are permanent. - Believe in the "Ego" - Denial of one's obligation towards ones' mother and father. - Denial of efficacy of dana. - Denial of efficacy of generosity.