The Primacy of the 1st Precept

IMG_3811The First Precept, “Refrain from taking the lives of sentient beings”, is the gateway to the Dharma. Once we’ve killed a sentient being (human or non-human) —directly or indirectly— it matters little if we violate the next four Precepts, as the dead cannot be harmed further by our lies, theft, sexual misconduct, or intoxication.

In fact, those who do not observe the First Precept are not yet on the Noble Path. This is not a personal opinion, or an exclusively Mahayana view. Asked to summarize His teaching, the Buddha said: “Refrain from harm. Do good. Purify the mind.” —Dharmapada XIV.5

One cannot ignore or skip over the very first step on the Path. Meditation and other Dharma practices are just vain self-indulgence for those who do not refrain from harming sentient beings.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to The Primacy of the 1st Precept

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年07月16日 (週三) 10:29 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “The First Precept, “Refrain from taking the lives of sentient beings”, is the gateway to the Dharma. Once we’ve killed a sentient being (human or non-human) —directly or indirectly— it matters little if we violate the next four Precepts, as the dead canno”

  2. Kim Sturla says:

    Thank you to this post

    Sent from my iPhone

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