What are Buddhist Ethics?
The Buddhist Precepts
The five ethical precepts practised by Buddhists are principles that emulate the spontaneous behavior
of an Enlightened being and are based in a deep sense of interconnectedness
and love. The five precepts, which we usually chant together in a language
called Pali, are translated as follows into English:
The positive counterparts are stated as follows:
Ethics is the first part of what is known as the Threefold Path, which is Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom. To know what the precepts are getting at will probably mean getting a basic understanding and experience of Buddhism and Buddhist practice. Ethics is one of the subjects covered in our 6-week Introduction to Buddhism course.