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The Eight Precepts
attha-sila


These training rules are practiced by laypeople during periods of intensive meditation practice and during lunar observance (uposatha) days. The Eight Precepts are based on the Five Precepts, with extended three precepts which include: refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after noon),  refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics, and lastly, refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.

The Eight Precepts:

1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.


2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.


3. Abrahmacariya veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.


4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.


5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.


6. Vikalabhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden time (i.e., after noon).


7. Nacca-gita-vadita-visukkadassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanathana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami


I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.


8. Uccasayana-mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.

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