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Degradation Offenses

Four Degradation Offenses (Parajika)

THE FIRST PRECEPT:
A bhikshu who has sexual intercourse with another
person, whether female or male, and whether that
person has given consent or not, breaks the first of the
Four Degradation Offenses, is no longer worthy to
remain a bhikshu, and cannot participate in the activities
of the Bhikshu Sangha.

THE SECOND PRECEPT:
A bhikshu who steals or violates the property of
another, whether that property is privately or publicly
owned, and if the value of the property is significant
enough that he could be taken to court, breaks the
second of the Four Degradation Offenses, is no longer
worthy to remain a bhikshu, and cannot participate in
the activities of the Bhikshu Sangha.

THE THIRD PRECEPT:
A bhikshu who takes the life of another person by deed,
word, or intention, breaks the third of the Four
Degradation Offenses, is no longer worthy to remain a
bhikshu, and cannot participate in the activities of the
Bhikshu Sangha.

THE FOURTH PRECEPT:
A bhikshu who claims that he has attained realizations
on the spiritual path, which he has not in fact realized,
breaks the fourth of the Four Degradation Offenses, is
no longer worthy to remain a bhikshu, and cannot
participate in the activities of the Bhikshu Sangha.


From Freedom Wherever We Go by Thich Nhat Hanh

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