84000 Glossary of Terms

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ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་ལྔ། | Glossary of Terms

  • ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་ལྔ།

  • tshul khrims lnga
  • pañcaśīla
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  • five disciplines
  • ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་ལྔ།
  • tshul khrims lnga
  • pañcaśīla AO
  • pañcasīla
Definition in this text:

Five moral rules or precepts, observed by all lay Buddhists, that through diligent cultivation will become one’s second nature. The core meaning of the Sanskrit śīla in nonreligious literature is “nature,” “character,” or “habit.” The five are refraining from (1) killing, (2) stealing, (3) sexual misconduct, (4) speaking falsehood, and (5) consuming intoxicants (alcohol in particular). The five disciplines also form a subset of the ten kinds of ethical conduct (Skt. daśaśīla) that are followed by male and female Buddhist novices. The term is used synonymously with “the five precepts” in The Benefits of the Five Precepts.