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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Nichiren on the Precept against killing

"The precept against the killing of living beings is the first among all the various precepts. The five precepts begin with the precept against taking life, and the eight precepts, the ten precepts, the two hundred and fifty precepts, the five hundred precepts, the ten major precepts of the Brahmā Net Sutra, the ten inexhaustible precepts of the Flower Garland Sutra, and the ten precepts of the Jeweled Necklace Sutra, all begin with the precept against killing. And among the three thousand penalties prohibited by the Confucian school, capital punishment stands in first place.

The reason is that “even the treasures of the entire major world system cannot equal the value of one’s body and life,” which means that even the jewels and treasures that fill the major world system are no substitute for life...."

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