The Book of Analysis

14. Analysis Of The Precepts

14.1. Analysis According To Abhidhamma

The five precepts are: The precept that is abstaining from killing beings; the precept that is abstaining from taking that which is not given; the precept that is abstaining from sexual misconduct; the precept that is abstaining from false speech; the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to killing beings. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge; that which at that time is volition, being volitional, state of being volitional. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge; that which at that time is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to killing beings. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation; that which at that time is volition, being volitional, state of being volitional. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation; there is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from taking that which is not given. The individual precepts should he dealt with in the same manner as the final one. The precept that is abstaining from sexual misconduct. The individual precepts should he dealt with in the same manner as the final one. The precept that is abstaining from false speech, The individual precepts should he dealt with in the same manner as the final one. The precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge; that which at that time is volition, being volition, state of being volitional. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge; that which at that time is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Each should be read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge. Each should be read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge, with instigation. Each should be read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge. Each should be read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Each should be read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge. Each should be read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation; that which at that time is volition, being volitional, state of being volitional. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation; that which at that time is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

The five precepts are: The precept that is abstaining from killing beings; the precept that is abstaining from taking that which is not given; the precept that is abstaining from sexual misconduct; the precept that is abstaining from false speech; the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having wish dominant; having energy dominant; having consciousness dominant; having reason dominant; having wish dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having energy dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having consciousness dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having reason dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to killing beings. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having wish dominant; having energy dominant; having consciousness dominant; having reason dominant: having wish dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having energy dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having consciousness dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having reason dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; that which at that time is volition, being volitional, state of being volitional. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining front killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having wish dominant; having energy dominant; having consciousness dominant; having reason dominant; having wish dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having energy dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having consciousness dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having reason dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; that which at that time is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from killing beings? At the time when, in one abstaining from killing beings, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having wish dominant; having energy dominant; having consciousness dominant: having wish dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having energy dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having consciousness dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to killing beings. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention. This whole section. is repeated but with the ending for volition. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition. This whole section. is repeated but with the ending for contact, etc. Contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from killing beings.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from taking that which is not given? The individual precepts should be dealt with in the same manner as the final one. The precept that is abstaining from sexual misconduct? The individual precepts should be dealt with in the same manner as the final one. The precept that is abstaining from false speech? The individual precepts should be dealt with in the same manner as the final one.The precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having wish dominant; having energy dominant; having consciousness dominant; having reason dominant: having wish dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having energy dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having consciousness dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having reason dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. This is called the precept that is abstaining from beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention. This whole section. is repeated but with the ending for volition. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition. This whole section. is repeated but with the ending for contact, etc. Contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

Therein what is the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness? At the time when, in one abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness, skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and appropriate completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge; with instigation, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having wish dominant; having energy dominant; having consciousness dominant: having wish dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having energy dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; having consciousness dominant, inferior, intermediate (or) superior; that which at that time is avoiding, desisting from, refraining from, abstaining from, not committing, not doing, being guiltless of, not over-stepping the limit of, destroying the causeway to intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the abstention. This whole section. is repeated, but with the ending for volition. (As also are) The remaining dhammas associated with the volition. This whole section. is repeated, but with the ending for contact, etc. Contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. exertion, non-wavering. This is called the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

What dhammas are preceptive? At the time when skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, having visible object, Intermediate sense objects. ideational object or is concerned with whatever (object); at that time there is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. there is non-wavering. These dhammas are preceptive.

What dhammas are preceptive? At the time when skilful consciousness characteristic of the plane of desire arises, accompanied by mental pleasure, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by mental pleasure, not associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, associated with knowledge, with instigation. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge. Read with the same introductory and completing sections of this section. Accompanied by indifference, not associated with knowledge, with instigation, having visible object, Intermediate sense objects. ideational object or is concerned with whatever (object); at that time there is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 1. there is non-wavering. These dhammas are preceptive.

What dhammas are preceptive? At the time when he develops the path for rebirth in the plane of form. See appropriate sections of section 624. Develops the path for rebirth in the formless plane. See appropriate sections of section 626. Develops supramundane jhāna tending to release, dispersive of continuing rebirth and death; he, for the abandoning of wrong view, for the entering of the first stage, aloof from sense pleasures, See section 205. attains and dwells in the first jhāna that is hard practice and knowledge slowly acquired; at that time there is contact, See Dhammasaṅgaṇī section 277. there is non-wavering. These dhammas are preceptive.

(Here Ends) Analysis According To Abhidhamma

14.2. Interrogation

The five precepts are: The precept that is abstaining from killing beings; the precept that is abstaining from taking that which is not given; the precept that is abstaining from sexual misconduct; the precept that is abstaining from false speech; the precept that is abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines and spirits causing heedlessness.

Of the five precepts how many are skilful; how many unskilful; how many neither-skilful-nor-unskilful. Remaining appropriate triplets and couplets. How many with cause of bewailing; how many without cause of bewailing?

14.2.1. The Triplets

(The five precepts) Are only skilful. Sometimes are associated with pleasant feeling; sometimes are associated with neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling. Are productive of resultants. Are not grasped (by craving and false view), are objects of the graspings. Are not corrupt, are objects of the corruptions. Are accompanied by initial application, accompanied by sustained application. Sometimes are accompanied by rapture; sometimes are accompanied by pleasure; sometimes are accompanied by indifference.

(The five precepts) Are not to be abandoned either by the first path or by the subsequent paths. Have no roots to be abandoned either by the first path or by the subsequent paths. Are cumulative (of continuing rebirth and death). Are neither of the seven supramundane stages nor of the final supramundane stage. Are low. Have low objects. Are intermediate. Are of no fixed (resultant time). Should not be said to have either, path as their object; path as their cause or path as their dominating factor. Sometimes are risen; sometimes are not risen; should not be said to be, bound to arise. Sometimes are past; sometimes are future; sometimes are present. Have present objects. Sometimes are internal; sometimes are external; sometimes are both internal and external. Have external objects. Are not visible, are not impingent.

14.2.2. The Couplets

(The five precepts) Are not roots. Are accompanied by roots. Are associated with roots. Should not be said to be, roots also accompanied by roots; (they) are accompanied by roots but are not roots. Should not be said to be, roots also associated with roots; (they) are associated with roots but are not roots. Are not roots, are accompanied by roots. Are with cause. Are conditioned. Are not visible. Are not impingent. Are not material. Are mundane. Are cognizable by one way; are not cognizable by another way.

(The five precepts) Are not defilements. Are objects of the defilements. Are not associated with the defilements. Should not be said to be, defilements also objects of the defilements; (they) are objects of the defilements but are not defilements. Should not be said to be, defilements also associated with the defilements or associated with the defilements but are not defilements. Are not associated with the defilements, are objects of the defilements. Are not fetters. Complete as for defilements in this section. Are not ties. Complete as for defilements in this section. Are not floods. Complete as for defilements in this section. Are not bonds. Complete as for defilements in this section. Are not hindrances. Complete as for defilements in this section. Are not perversions. Complete as for defilements in this section. Have objects. Are not consciousness. Are volitional activities. Are associated with consciousness. Are conjoined with consciousness. Are generated by consciousness. Are co-existent with consciousness. Accompany consciousness. Are conjoined with, generated by consciousness. Are conjoined with, generated by, co-existent with consciousness. Are conjoined with, generated by, accompany consciousness. Are external. Are not derived. Are not grasped. Are not graspings. Complete as for defilements in this section. Are not corruptions. Complete as for defilements in this section.

(The five precepts) Are not to be abandoned by the first path. Are not to be abandoned by the subsequent paths. Have no roots to be abandoned by the first path. Have no roots to be abandoned by the subsequent paths. Are accompanied by initial application. Are accompanied by sustained application. Sometimes are with rapture; sometimes are without rapture. Sometimes are accompanied by rapture; sometimes are not accompanied by rapture. Sometimes are accompanied by pleasure; sometimes are not accompanied by pleasure. Sometimes are accompanied by indifference; sometimes are not accompanied by indifference. Are characteristic of the plane of desire. Are not characteristic of the plane of form. Are not characteristic of the formless plane. Are included (i.e. are mundane). Do not tend to release. Are of no fixed (resultant time). Are surpassable. Are without cause of bewailing.

(Here Ends) Interrogation

Analysis Of The Precepts Is Ended