From Precepts To Commitments

by Peter Carlson on February 18, 2016

During this talk, Peter provided some background regarding the development of Buddhist precepts, in that in the Buddha’s time, ethical behavior involved following the dictates of one’s clan; the Buddha said that what makes a person “noble” involved an ethics supported by kindness, compassion, generosity and equanimity/tolerance.  In current culture, the term “precept” doesn’t have the clarity or usefulness as an alternate term, “commitment”.  Peter revised the “five precepts” into commitments that cover the same ethical concerns as the precepts, with additional focus on cultivating daily mindfulness practice and an increased sensitivity to how our behaviors impact the ecological balance of the biosphere.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion:  Revisiting Buddhist Precepts

Here is the handout presented that list the commitments suggested and a brief explanation of how each commitment is applied:  COMMITMENTS FOR AWAKENING

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