Observing the Precepts
Precepts are at the heart of Buddhist ethics. The five universal precepts, related to Wise Action on the Eight-fold Path, are based in an intention of non-harming and living into a life of compassion, loving kindness, generosity and forgiveness.
As people following a Buddhist path of recovery, we commit to avoiding actions that cause harm, especially those listed in the Five Precepts which represent a basic system of ethical behavior. As listed in the book Recovery Dharma, the Five Precepts are as follows:
I undertake to...
... avoid taking the life of another living being, or from causing harm to ourselves or another living being.
... avoid taking what is not freely given.
... avoid causing harm through my sexual (sensual) conduct, and to be aware of the consequences and impact of my sexual (sensual) activity and desire.
... speak honestly, not lying, and not using speech in a harmful way.
... avoid the use of intoxicants and intoxicating behaviors that cloud my awareness.
Talks on the Five Precepts
Audio Recording, PBO/RD Meditation Group. 10 minutes
Audio Recording, PBO/RD Meditation Group. 15 minutes
Audio Recording, PBO/RD Meditation Group. 19 minutes
Audio Recording, PBO/RD Meditation Group. 13 minutes
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Mindfulness Survival Kit. Available on Amazon
Interbeing. Available on Amazon
For a Future To Be Possible. Available on Amazon
From a Zen Perspective
Koshin Paley Ellison. Whole Hearted. Available on Amazon
John Daido Loori. The Heart of Being. Available on Amazon
Robert Aitken. The Mind of Clover. Available on Amazon
Reb Anderson. Being Upright. Available on Amazon
Diane Eshin Rizzeto. Waking Up to What You Do. Available on Amazon