A mindful life often asks us about how we behave in the world, looking closely at our morality and our relationships with others. This week's post is brought to you by @vibesforlife, who outlines the five precepts of Buddhism for us.
Buddhism is a religion founded by Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) more than 2,500 years ago in India. With about 470 million followers, scholars consider Buddhism one of the major world religions. The religion has historically been most prominent in East and Southeast Asia, but its influence is growing in the West. Many Buddhist ideas and philosophies overlap with those of other faiths.
The Buddhism religion has its own five precepts which every Buddhist should follow.
Below are the five precepts
Precept 1 - to abstain from taking life
According to the first precept, followers of Buddhism should refrain from committing murder of any living beings - be it humans or be it animals. Even the thought of taking someone's life or putting life to stop forcefully is considered sinful. No matter how small the organism is and no matter what is the way of taking their life - psychic, sorcery, slow poisoning and physical force. If you want to be a true follower of Buddhism, you should practice precept 1 - to abstain from taking life.
Precept 2 - to abstain from taking what is not given
The second precept of Buddhism talks about abstaining from stealing or forcefully taking something from someone even when they say No to you. I really like this precept, Imagine if every human being follows this precept how peaceful our world would be - No wars, No fights over lands and waters. According to second precept, you should never snatch or steal anything.
Precept 3 - to abstain from sexual misconduct
The third precept talks about preventing oneself from any sort of sexual misconduct or sensuous behavior which is a blameworthy bad behavior. Now when we talk about sexual misconduct according to Buddhist precept, it should also not be committed to somebody who is a slave girl and is not resisting it. There is only one way of carrying it out - With one's own body.
Precept 4 - to abstain from false speech
The fourth precept of Buddhism talks about refraining from false speech which is a will to deceive others by false words. The degree of false speech can vary according to the consequence and circumstances. But a true Buddhist should follow path of Truthiness always.
Precept 5 - to abstain from intoxicants or drugs
The fifth precept talks about keep our bodies and minds free from toxics. It includes abstaining from drugs or anything causes cloudiness in mind. Although, the fifth precept does mention - taking medication for illness is ok.
Buddhism is a very popular religion with strong belief and fundamentals. The 5 precepts is one of the basic ideas about this religion. If you want to follow Buddhism, it is suggested to follow all the five precept which eventually makes you a better human being.
Do you follow any of the 5 precepts? Which ones do you struggle with?
Some other people posting about #buddhism or #mindfullife over the last week (remember, you don't have to be a buddhist to be mindful!) have been:
The Five Enemies of Meditators by @bewithbreath - we all make excuses, don't we? You should read this post because you'll recognise the excuses you make!
Setting Up a Meditation Practice by @porters - Beautiful @porters always has great advice for us meditators and faithfully writes a meditation post every week on #mindfulmonday!
Missing You Guys by @rebeccaabe - Isn't it amazing how meditation can help us through the tough times?
Arhats by @slowwalker - a great series of posts about arhats, which are basically Buddhist saints!
There's a few other people using the #buddhism tag we've noticed this week too - encouraging them to use the tag #mindfullife so we can find them easily - @promienie, @tieulongdl711, @dudewithaguitar.
And just for fun... here's a cartoon we got a giggle out of this week...
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