Talks and Articles
Gudo Nishijima Roshi
- The Buddhist Precepts
Nishijima discusses what the Buddhist precepts are. His view is that the precepts are not theoretical or romantic. They are very concrete and practical. In this they reflect the fundamental character of Buddhism. Buddhism is a practical philosophy. It is concerned with finding the right way to live. But to live correctly is not so easy. When we are beginning our Buddhist life we need some guidelines: some criteria by which to decide what we should do and what we should not do. The precepts were created to fulfill that function. The were made to help us live properly and correctly. In other words, the precepts teach us how to live a happy life.
PDF file (186KB): Precepts.pdf
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