Yun Hwa Sangha
 

Precepts

6,528. April 24, 2010.  Lotus Buddhist Monastery


Shakyamuni Buddha always says to keep the five precepts:

1.    To abstain from taking life.

2.    To abstain from lying.

3.    To abstain from taking things not given.

4.    To abstain from misconduct done in lust.

5.    To abstain from intoxicants, taken to induce heedlessness.

If one is able to keep these five precepts, one will always be on the correct path, eliminate one’s impurities and rescue oneself from difficulty. One will not go on the negative karma path.

Even though one has made many mistakes and wrongdoings in one’s life, if one presently keeps these five precepts, one’s past mistakes and wrongdoings will disappear. In the future, one can stay on the correct path while one accumulates prosperity and happiness. Life after life, one can live a most appreciative life.

That is why Shakyamuni Buddha gave us this correct method of keeping the five precepts after He became enlightened. If everyone were to keep these five precepts, everyone could live very well without struggling and without suffering.

Let us look at the five precepts more closely:

1.    To abstain from taking life. By killing, one creates much negative karma because all sentient beings actually belong to one family. To kill others is actually to kill oneself. To kill is the most severe negative karma that one can create. There are no promises that one can be born as a human being or sentient being again.

2.    To abstain from Lying. One lies in order to protect one’s small “I-my-me” and for one’s protection. The more one lies, the further away one is from the truth. When one is far away from the truth, one loses the protection and security. One will always have unnecessary fears and live an insecure life. At the same time, no one wants to believe such a person. Not to receive the trust and belief of others is worse than living alone in the desert. If one makes a mistake, one should be honest and repent. But the person who always uses excuses to cover up his or her mistakes is falling into one of the categories of lying.

3.    To abstain from taking things not given. Karmically speaking, when one steals, one is actually losing oneself. To lose oneself is most severe. One cannot live a prosperous life. Because of this karma, it is difficult to come out of poverty, and one always suffers.

When the opposite is the case and someone has the mind of offering, much prosperity will come to this person. He will live a most happy life, life after life. That is why, of the Six Paramitas, the offering Paramita is the first one.

If one is able to keep the five precepts while one has this human form, one will live a beautiful life full of prosperity.

I will explain the other two precepts later on in a separate teaching.

 

 

6,530. April 26, 2010.  Lotus Buddhist Monastery

 

In the five precepts, the fourth precept is to abstain from conduct done in lust —more specifically, not to commit adultery. This precept is especially for relationships between men and women. If while a person is in a relationship, he or she looks for another relationship, that person creates relationship karma.

That is because when one has a partner and looks for another partner, one is actually losing the faith and trust of the partner that one is with. The love then disappears, and in the end, both people blame each other and even hate each other. They can even become enemies. They create relationship karma that eventually becomes relationship “sal”.

Once one has created relationship “sal”, it is difficult to find a partner that can trust, love and care for one. At the same time, if one has children, one can pass on that kind of suffering to one’s children.

If one has too much desire for sex and commits adultery, one is actually losing one’s correct dignity as a human being. One loses oneself, and life after life, one lives a difficult life.

Sometimes because of one’s many previous lives, one has relationship karma, so in this life, one meets an uncomfortable partner that one has to deal with. One often lives a life full of suffering. If one is in such a situation with one’s partner, both people should strive not to make each other suffer and try to fix that relationship karma correctly.

But if the couple is not able to work it out, no matter how hard they try, then it is wiser to take a rest from that connection relationship, instead of going through more difficulties. While the couple is taking some space from one another, they should look within themselves to see what their mistakes were. Once they find what they did wrong and are able to fix these points, they can try again. That is the best method.

But even though the couple tries this method, if they are unable to fix their problems, and if that connection relationship is only going to continue to hurt and harm each other, it may be wiser for each other’s happiness to stop that connection-relationship. Doing so will help to prevent the couple from creating more relationship karma. I would say that this is a wise method. What do you think?

P.S. The last paragraph is not an option for eternal couples.

 

 

6,531. April 27, 2010.  Lotus Buddhist Monastery

 

Whether one is alive, or even after death, if one is not clear, one becomes a slave to oneself. One has difficulties escaping from the Six Paths of Samsara and from ignorance. One eventually loses oneself and ends up living a life full of suffering. That is why Shakyamuni Buddha says that we have to be clear and must not lose ourselves, so that we can live most happy and appreciative lives.

We can all do that. That is why Shakyamuni Buddha gave us 84,000 teachings and the precepts. In the five precepts, the last precept is to abstain from intoxicants, taken to induce heedlessness. The reason is that as long as one keeps this vow, one will not lose oneself. One will always be clear, so that one will not carry out ignorant actions and have regrets; thus one will not accumulate negative karma. At the same time, one will become a correct human being that does his or her correct duty and function as a human being should. One can then have a most joyous and appreciative life, life after life.

When one uses liquor, for example, for one’s health, or as a certain medicine for one’s body, if one does so in moderation, one will not lose oneself and will not be breaking the precepts.

But when one takes too much liquor and makes ignorant speech and action, which bothers others and brings suffering to oneself, that is breaking the precept. That is why Shakyamuni Buddha made this last precept, so that we do not go off the correct path.

Usually, when one drinks too much liquor, one loses the precious time of “moment-to-moment”. In that moment, if one does make a mistake, that mistake will last a long time; sometimes it can even last into one’s next life. One can ruin oneself.

Shakyamuni Buddha says that the person that keeps the precepts will never fall onto the wrong, evil path.

What I am teaching you is not new. You heard about it before in either this or a past life. This daily teaching is simply to remind us so that we can be clear and live correctly in this and future lives. Believing this teaching is entirely the decision of the one who reads it. In addition, applying one’s own concept to this teaching is the choice of the reader himself or herself. © Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim

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