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What are three groups of pure precepts?

 

The three groups of pure precepts, trividhanisilani in Sanskrit and san

ju jing jie in Chinese transliteration, are, namely, the precepts covering

all rules and ceremonies, precepts covering all acts of virtue, and

precepts covering the welfare of all living beings, as expounded below:

First, precepts covering all rules and ceremonies, not committing any

wrongdoings such as killing, stealing, engaging in sexual misconduct,

lying, and consumption of intoxicants;

Second, precepts covering all acts of virtue, committing all things to the

benefit of another such as embracing sympathy, being responsible, and

doing public good; and

Third, precepts covering the welfare of the sentients, that is, all living

beings, tending to them and benefiting them.