Five Precepts Blues; #1.2 – Down By the Riverside

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Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee • Down By The Riverside

Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
I ain’t gonna study war no more.

Here is a short section from the Five Faultless Gifts;

“There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.”

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  1. The Buddha gives the same basic teaching about all the precepts-actions. And, to me, these are among the most wonderful passages in the Pali Canon because they point to the reality that our actions have consequences. (Intentions do, too.)

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