Re: Core of Truth?

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Posted by Remmy ( on September 15, 2000 at 21:50:08:

In Reply to: Core of Truth? posted by Jen on September 15, 2000 at 11:33:31:

Hi Jen

The fourth Mahahyana precept is to avoid deceiving another person by actions of body, speech and mind, or having someone lie on your behalf. It includes decieving someone by giving a false implication, for example by remaing silent in answer to a question and causing someone to draw a false conclusion.

In order for any of the precepts to be classed as broken, four conditions must be met.
1) The motivation for the action should be a negative attitude such as attachment, aversion and so forth.
2) There should be an object of the action, in this case a person to be lied to.
3) One should carry out the action or tell another to do it.
4) The action should be completed.

If these four conditions are not met then the precept is not classed as broken. In the case of the Nazi asking if you are hiding Jews and you lie and say no, the 1st condition isn't met because you are lying for a positive reason - to save someones life, therefore the precept hasn't been broken.

Hope this helps,


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