Moral Codes of Buddhism

Gautama buddha

Gautama Buddha (563BC-483BC) was born at Lumbini at Nepal. The origin of sorrow and suffering in human life was a thought that made him restless. He left his home and family in pursuit of the solution to this problem. He attained enlightenment or divine knowledge while he was seated in deep meditation under a tree at Gaya in Bihar, India. The tree under which Buddha attained the divine knowledge came to be known as Bodhi vriksha or the ‘Tree of enlightenment’ . Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath near Varanasi, India after attaining divine knowledge.

Buddhism possesses an excellent code of morals suitable to everyone.
They are:
1)The five precepts:
not to kill,
not to steal,
not to commit adultery,
not to lie and
not to take intoxicants.

2)The four sublime states:
loving-kindness,
compassion,
appreciative joy and
equanimity.

3)The ten transcendental virtues:
generosity,
morality,
renunciation,
wisdom,
energy,
patience,
truthfulness,
resolution,
loving-kindness and
equanimity.

4)The noble eightfold path:
right understanding.
right thoughts,
right speech,
right action,
right livelihood,
right effort,
right mindfulness and
right concentration.

Recommended Books:
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha

Buddha (Penguin Lives Biographies)

See Also:
Gautama Buddha’s way to end suffering

The last words from Buddha

The Spiritual Warrior

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About the alchemist

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. ~Rumi
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23 Responses to Moral Codes of Buddhism

  1. carlospohle says:

    This man was way, way ahead of his time – even ahead of most of the ‘prophets’ that came after him. Cool guy, cool lessons, cool post! 🙂

  2. Hi, lovely post. Just one tiny detail, it’s precepts not percepts 😉 I’ve been Buddhist for 17 years. Lovely blog, keep up the good work Kev.

  3. Thank you so much for this list! Do you have a similar list for Western religions? I would be very interested in the comparison.

    • moral codes in every religions are almost same such as
      do good
      do not judge
      and some others.
      The only difference is some religions say obey god, love god, pray to god etc. but Buddhism didn’t contains any thing related to god.
      In Buddhism MAN IS THE CREATOR AND MAN IS THE DESTROYER OF HIS LIFE.
      Also, i don’t see Buddhism as a religion it’s a philosophy that teaches how to live. 🙂

      • erikleo says:

        “Do unto others as you would wish them to do to you.” This is common to most world religions and is called The Golden Rule! Socrates said something similar.

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  7. Carolyn Page says:

    A lovely post… I am not Buddhist, though studied Buddhism (along with many other spiritual/religious paths). The teachings are wonderful, indeed. A path taken, most worthy.

  8. nikiomorfi says:

    I really like that way sharing. I will look up for these books. It seems like give you more knowledge about Buddha’s life.

  9. Thanks for this, alchemist. Have you ever considered the affinities between Buddhism and Western Stoicism and the possibility that Stoicism derives from Buddhism through Buddhist missionaries in the Hellenistic world?

    • Buddhist thought can be compared to Stoicism, in that all of these world views sought to develop a set of practices to reach a state of equanimity by the removal of desires and passions.
      Many philosophers and thinkers from the Hellenistic period and before it had visited the east (India, china) and spend some time here studying. Hence Stoicism and Classical Cynicism and other western philosophies are found to be resembling with the Buddhism.
      There is also a possibility that Stoicism could have got some of it’s principles from the Buddhist missionaries.

  10. benzeknees says:

    I have always had an interest in Buddhism. I found this interesting but was hoping you would go into more detail about the individual precepts, etc. Thanks for following Benzeknees

  11. erikleo says:

    There are a couple of Buddhist websites on my Blogroll for anyone interested. 😉

  12. Really inspiring and core values on how live

  13. Symon says:

    “Rule your mind or it will rule you.
    You may delay, but time will not.” Horace
    Quote taken back by Buddha.

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