Training Rules (Precepts), which brings Divinity?
The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight
brings high reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity
And which are these eight features? Here, any
Noble Disciple considers
within himself: Throughout their life
the Arahats avoid the killing of any
living being, they do not hurt
any of them. Without stick or any weapon,
caring, & mild they think only of the welfare of
all living beings!
So will also I, this day and night, avoid the killing and
all living and breathing beings. Without any cudgel or weapon,
tender-hearted, full of kindness, I will think only on the joyous welfare
of all living beings and creatures. In this regard I will follow the
& I shall observe this observance day praxis perfectly!
With this first
praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in
this very way, the
observance day endowed with eight features
brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity
and immense greatness...
All sentient beings feel pain from violence...
All sentient beings fear death in panic!
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm or kill ...
Whoever never injures, neither with weapon nor stick,
beings searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking same happiness, such gentle one always gain it!
Harmlessness protects Everyone!
The one who has left all violence,
who never harm any being,
whether moving are stationary,
who neither kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One.
More on Harmlessness and Non-Violence
More on this Optimal Buddhist
Behaviour of Observance:
Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha.
Anguttara Nikāya AN 8:44