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XVIII:7 It is not easy to observe precepts

On one occasion five lay-disciples were observing the precepts at the Jetavana monastery. Each of them was only observing one of the five moral precepts (sila). Each observed a particular precept and claimed that that particular precept was the most difficult. As there were disagreements and arguments, they reported their differences to the Buddha, who admonished them, 'You should not consider any individual precept as being easy or unimportant. The observance of the precepts will lead to your weal and happiness. Do not think lightly of any of the precepts; none of them is easy to observe.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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