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Word: precept

Definition: practical rule guiding conduct; Ex. mother's precept


Sentences Containing 'precept'

He was the author of "Water-Baptism Plainly Proved by Scripture to Be a Gospel Precept" (Boston, 1689).
His "The Man of Sorrows" and "David in the Wilderness" (both 1860), contain a Pre-Raphaelite attention to detail, but puts the biblical subjects in a distinctly Scottish landscape, against the Pre-Raphaelite precept of truth in all things.
How much of the practice I have just reduced to precept, I owe to Agnes, I will not repeat here.
In keeping with Lovecraft's precept of an amoral cosmos, the "Forces of Light" are in fact not humanity's allies but merely the enemies of "Forces of Darkness".
Interestingly, this, in addition to their Mahayana scriptural sources, is how many Mahayana Buddhists make the case for vegetarianism, While there is no mention of Buddha endorsing or repudiating vegetarianism in surviving portions of Pali Tripitaka and no Mahayana sutras explicitly declare that meat eating violates the first precept, certain Mahayana sutras vigorously and unreservedly denounce the eating of meat, mainly on the ground that such an act violates the bodhisattva's compassion.
One of its main functions is to collect funding from each local council via a "precept" - a portion of council tax allocated to the FRS.
Pray bring to your mind how often I desired you to consider, when you insisted on the motive of public good, that the _Yahoos_ were a species of animals utterly incapable of amendment by precept or example: and so it has proved; for, instead of seeing a full stop put to all abuses and corruptions, at least in this little island, as I had reason to expect; behold, after above six months warning, I cannot learn that my book has produced one single effect according to my intentions.
Shall the respectable citizen thus gravely teach, by precept and example, the necessity of the young man's providing a certain number of superfluous glow shoes, and umbrellas, and empty guest chambers for empty guests, before he dies?
The basic precept Jinul advocated was "sudden-enlightenment followed by gradual cultivation."
The first lay precept in Buddhism is usually translated as "I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures."
The first precept of Buddhism focuses mainly on direct participation in the destruction of life.
The initial precept is non-injury or non-violence to all living creatures from the lowest insect to humans.
The koan collections that Kapleau did not study include the Book of Serenity (sometimes called the Book of Equanimity), The Transmission of the Lamp, The Five Ranks, and the Precept Koans of which there are more than 100.
This precept defines a non-violent attitude toward every living thing.
When the "lectio" became a matter of precept, the reading matter in the office for the day became in a precise sense "legenda" (that which must be read).
Zapffe compares his messiah to Moses, but ultimately rejects the precept to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,” by saying “Know yourselves – be infertile, and let the earth be silent after ye.”

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