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Refrain from intoxication

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Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

Chanting 5th precept

Starting from me, I abandon intoxication

May the world also end heedlessness. May there be awareness.


Ok, I like booze since I was sixteen. But if you want to get wisdom and Enlightenment, a sharp focused mind is required. A mind that is all blurry and dazed simply will not get the work done.

So the final precepts for a layman, is to refrain from intoxication.

Buddhist is about gaining mastery on oneself, take control, be in the driver seat. To do that, of course you have to be wide awake and mindful. To intoxicate the mind would mean letting go of this control and let your primal instincts take over the wheel. So it’s like letting greed, desire, hatred, ignorance , so on and so forth takes over.

Bad idea.

Again, like all other precepts, its all about how far you wish to take it. Practising Buddhism is a personal journey. You don’t go around judging others based on how strict they are with their observance. Neither do you have to chastise yourself and be  burdened with guilt if you find that you cannot meet your own standards. Just like a new year resolution, you just have to sincerely try harder when you don’t meet your own target.

Personally, I prefer to keep it simple. That means no intoxicating, drinks or drugs! No “off day”, no “Just one glass” exception. Easier to manage myself.

I also found that the effect of intoxicant hinder meditation for me. I guess it’s a bane for mindfulness. So there’s no such a thing as developing mindfulness by mindfully drinking a glass of wine.

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My Buddhist name is Ratna Jamyang Puntsog. I first encountered Buddhism in this life when I was 12. Formally took ceremonial refuge in the triple gem when I was 19. I believe the different spiritual methods were taught by Buddha to suit various beings who each have their own unique characteristic. The various sects and practices that arose are just a naming convention invented by disciples out of communication necessity. Had read and studied different forms of Buddhism. Volunteered in Buddhist organization. Until it last, I hope to share my views on Buddhism and find like minded practitioners around the world. May we practice Buddha's instruction together and connect through cyber space!

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