What does “Morals and Ethics” mean?
‘Morals and ethics’ means not harming, but instead benefiting sentient beings.
Not harming with our body, our speech and our mind.
‘Morals and ethics’ means how we behave with our body, speech and mind with ourselves and others.
It includes how we behave with our body, speech and mind within society, our family, our school, and our work.
Ethics is a code to live by.
You don’t touch others inappropriately, you don’t hit them, you don’t bully people.
How our BODY, SPEECH and MIND should be.
1. NOT KILLING
This includes not harming our bodies, not over-eating, not staying up late, and not treating others in a rough physical manner.
2. NOT STEALING
This includes not taking what has not been given. Not wasting money on trivial things, not taking anything that belongs to others without their permission.
PROTECT OTHERS’ PROPERTY
3. NOT PUSHING YOURSELF ONTO OTHERS
This includes respecting your own body, and respecting the bodies of others.
RESPECT YOUR OWN AND OTHERS BODIES
1. NOT LYING
This includes not lying to ourselves about how we are acting or feeling, ant not lying to others about how we feel or what we want to do.
TELL THE TRUTH
2. NOT SPEAKING DIVISIBELY
This includes not speaking in ways to split people apart, and not trying to part others from their friend by saying bad things about them.
USE WORDS THAT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
3. NOT SPEAKING HARSHLY
This includes not verbally abusing yourself or anyone-else.
SPEAK KINDLY AND GENTLY
4. NOT SPEAKING IDLE GOSSIP
This includes talking about rubbish, what is un-meaningful.
SPEAKING MEANINGFUL WORDS
1. NOT THINKING JEALOUS THOUGHS
This includes not trying to always be the best at everything, not being jealous about what others have such as goods or achievements, not coveting what others have.
BE HAPPY AND JOYFUL AT WHAT OTHERS HAVE
2. NOT TAKING PEASURE IN OTHERS’ MISFOURTUNES
This includes not being self-destructive, not thinking of how to harm yourself or others, not laughing when others get hurt.
GIVE OTHERS WHAT THEY WANT
3. NOT HOLDING ONTO WRONG AND HARMFUL IDEAS
This includes not thinking you are stupid for trying to improve yourself, and not thinking others are stupid for trying to improve themselves.
KEEP ONLY THOSE THAT ARE GOOD AND TRUE
Buddhist Rev. Shegenobu Watanabe