– Tibetan Buddhism principles –

The Five Precepts (“Sila”) are followed by all the Tibetan Buddhist schools. The idea is to recite them regularly so that our lives become imbued with the qualities they represent.

I am committed to abstain from doing harm to any sensitive beings. 

This commitment implies the determination to respect the life of all beings, not only human beings but also all animals and plants, regardless of their size; and an increasing awareness of the sanctity of life. Moreover it means more than a respect for the sacredness of life since it means a commitment to neither harm nor offend anyone under any circumstances and to promote peace and peace education.

I am committed to abstaining from taking what has not been given to me.

This commitment implies the respect for other beings’ property. It not only implies not to steal, but encourages us to cultivate the attitude of not to demand or claim what we wish, but to learn ways to work for the benefit of people, animals and plants, practicing generosity, sharing our time, energy and resources with those in need, and to patiently wait to receive the results of our good actions.

I am committed to abstaining from harmful speech.

Aware that words can create suffering or happiness, I am committed to speak truthfully and constructively, using only words that inspire hope and confidence. I am determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people, nor to utter words that might cause division or hatred. I will not spread news that I do not know to be certain nor criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure.

It is important to remember the four faults by the word: Lying. Pronouncing offensive words (hurtful speech). Uttering words that can cause division between two or more people by talking negatively of some of them, spread rumors, or sowing doubts. We have to be careful not to increase discord between people but to make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.  Indulging in idle chatter. We must abstain of any kind of unmindful speech; spreading news we do not know to be certain; criticize or condemn people.

Try making your words wiser than 
the silence that has been broken.

Our speech must embody mindfulness and we must be completely aware and responsible while pronouncing words.

I am committed to abstain from the wrong use of my senses.

This commitment implies contemplating our body as a temple that we take care of and cultivate for spiritual growth. What is advised here is to abstain from the disorderly use of the body, sexuality and body sensations, avoiding falling into gluttony, lust, incest and all kinds of disorders produced by inadequate sensory behavior.

I am committed to abstain from consuming items that cloud or blur my mind.

It not only implies to abstain from alcohol and intoxicating drugs but to take care of the quality of information that we are consuming through all our senses, what are we reading, what we are seeing, who we are joining. We are aware that everything we consume will feed our mind and the collective mind of our family and society.