Five lay vows

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A tablet with an inscription of the five vows at Lumbini

The five lay vows (Skt. upāsakaṃvara; Tib. དགེ་བསྙེན་གྱི་སྡོམ་པ་, Wyl. dge bsnyen gyi sdom pa) — lay people can take one or several of these five vows or precepts, which are the basic vows that underpin the Buddhist way of life. They are the vows:

  1. not to kill,
  2. not to steal,
  3. not to lie,
  4. not to commit sexual misconduct, and
  5. not to take any intoxicants.

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Further Reading

  • Thich Nhat Hanh, For a Future to Be Possible (1993; Parallax Press Revised edition, 2007)