The Buddhist precepts are not
intended to force us into a particular way of behaving but to encourage us to
reflect on our motivations and actions. Since the aim of a Buddhist life is to
diminish suffering, Buddhist ethics are rooted in compassion and wisdom. We
attend to our own suffering and the suffering of others, and we understand that
our intentions and actions have consequences.
- Martine Batchelor, “The
Buddhist Precepts: An Introduction”