Precepts

During staying at the course, participants should follow either five or eight precepts of ethics. Longer courses and retreats are usually under (more strict) eight precepts rules, while shorter courses, esp. when participants sleep outside the meditation place, are under five rules – see each course details.rnrnThese rules can be summarized as not to harm, others and yourself. They are in place to aid your meditation, and make living with others in the center easier. Take them as recommendations or guidelines for being mindful, not as reasons for (self-)punishment. It will happen that you will not always follow them; that is normal, just try again next time.rnrnFor serious reasons, rules can be adjusted on individual basis (in particular, eating rules because of health); talk to the course teacher about this.rn

Five precepts

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  1. Don’t kill.
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  3. Don’t steal.
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  5. Avoid sexual misconduct.
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  7. Don’t lie.
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  9. Don’t take intoxicants.
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Eight precepts

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  1. Don’t kill.
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  3. Don’t steal.
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  5. Abstain from all sexual activities.
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  7. Don’t lie.
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  9. Don’t take intoxicants.
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  11. Abstain from eating after the noon (after the lunch).
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  13. Abstain from entertainment (singing, dancing, …) and cosmetics.
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  15. Abstain from luxury.
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