The development and use of the eight precepts for lay practitioners, Upāsakas and Upāsikās in Theravāda Buddhism in the West

@article{Gomes2004TheDA,
  title={The development and use of the eight precepts for lay practitioners, Upāsakas and Upāsikās in Theravāda Buddhism in the West},
  author={Jacquetta Gomes},
  journal={Contemporary Buddhism},
  year={2004},
  volume={5},
  pages={47 - 63}
}
In Theravāda Buddhism, the Five Precepts (Pañca Sı̄la) are the minimum requirements for the lay practitioner. These precepts cover wholesome physical and vocal actions, which constitute the core of Buddhist morality. The Buddha has taught that morality (Sı̄la) is the foundation on which his teaching stands. Before any religious activity everyone present chants the ancient Pāli formula by which the practitioner voluntarily undertakes the rule of training: (1) to refrain from killing living… 
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