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The Buddhist Refuges and Precepts

The Three Refuges:

To the Buddha, I go for refuge.

To the Dhamma, I go for refuge.

To the Sangha, I go for refuge.

The Five Precepts:

I undertake the precept to:

  • Refrain from killing living creatures and to practice compassionate action.
  • Refrain from taking that which is not given and to practice generosity.
  • Refrain from using sexual energies unwisely or uncaringly and to practice responsibility in all my relationships.
  • Refrain from harmful speech and practice kind speech.
  • Refrain from the misuse of alcohol and drugs and to practice caring for my body and mind.