Lay followers of the Buddha’s teachings are encouraged to keep the five precepts.
They are, in English and Pali language, as below:
|1.||I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing.||Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.|
|2.||I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.||Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.|
|3.||I undertake the training rule to avoid sexual misconduct.||Kāmesumicchācāra veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.|
|4.||I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.||Musāvādā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.|
|5.||I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.||Surāmerayamajjapamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi|
Recently I find that they are not easy to practise, especially the first precept.
Just last night, on my way out of the kitchen, I saw something on the floor. I thought it was an awkward rolled up ball of dust. Hence, I gently kicked it and it unrolled to a dead (not long ago) lizard!
Huh? When did I kill it????? Now, how many times I told you lizards not to walk on the floor! You should just keep to the ceilings and the walls lah! Isssskkkhhhh!!!
Maybe I should say sorry to it instead hor….
A few days ago, I decided to be cruel to be kind…. instead of feeding the ants (out of compassion) with the open lid rubbish container at the sink, I close the lid at all times now. Why? Coz the ants refused to get out when I needed to throw the rubbish! They didn’t understand Cantonese or English…. haizzzzz… and I will end up tying a knot with some of them still in the bag.
And last week, while doing some reading at my sofa, I caught a glimpse of a tiny (scared looking) rat trying to walk into the house! Really one! It had a blur frown on the face and its front legs up like hands balancing on a tip toe…
I quickly shouted “No! NO! NOOO!” and chased it out! That alerted my dog and after a few minutes or so, I heard it shrieked and I knew my dog had killed it.
I consoled myself:
…. if you had tip toed to the back of the sofa, I would not have seen you…
…. maybe it is your kamma to end this way….
You know, I am very tempted to borrow from the Taiping Insight Meditation Society‘s message and stick one at each entrance …. Think if it actually works???
Still…. whatever had happened, I will still undertake the training rule to abstain from doing what I should not do! I shall continue to keep the Five Precepts!