The Ten Precepts (Pali: dasasila or samanerasikkha) are the precepts or training-rules for Buddhist novices. They are used in most Buddhist schools.

The ten precepts are:

  1. Refrain from killing living things.
  2. Refrain from stealing.
  3. Refrain from un-chastity (sensuality, sexuality, lust).
  4. Refrain from lying.
  5. Refrain from taking intoxicants.
  6. Refrain from taking food at inappropriate times (outside of usual meals).
  7. Refrain from singing, dancing, playing music or attending entertainment programs (performances).
  8. Refrain from wearing perfume, cosmetics and garland (decorative accessories).
  9. Refrain from sitting on high chairs and sleeping on luxurious, soft beds.
  10. Refrain from accepting money.

Other levels of precepts include the five precepts, the eight precepts (for anagarikas) and the patimokkha for monks and nuns.

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[1] "In This Very Life: The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha" by Sayadaw U. Pandita, A Buddhist Library 1992

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