The Ten Cardinal Precepts

1. I resolve not to kill, but to cherish all life.

2. I resolve not to take what is not given, but to respect the things of others.

3. I resolve not to engage in improper sexuality, but to lead a life of purity and self-restraint.

4. I resolve not to lie but to speak the truth.

5. I resolve not to cause others to take substances that impair the mind, nor to do so myself, but to keep the mind clear.

6. I resolve not to speak of the faults of others, but to be understanding and sympathetic.

7. I resolve not to praise myself and disparage others, but to overcome my own shortcomings.

8. I resolve not to withhold spiritual or material aid, but to give them freely where needed.

9. I resolve not to indulge in anger, but to exercise restraint.

10. I resolve not to revile the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) but to cherish and uphold them.

 

 

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