Meditation 3. Refrain from taking what is not offered  

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3. Refrain from taking what is not offered

Q: What is stealing?

M: Oh! Yes! And you don’t know? Whatever is not belonging to us and we take it without permission or prior asking, that is stealing. Maybe a glass, or a needle, and even talking too much is stealing. Stealing people’s time and energy. No? You know this kind of stealing very well. Some friend phones you and talks for hours, and you just cannot stop it, and you get exhausted. And out of politeness and compassion, you just listen, listen... oh, yes, yes, yes, and don’t know what they are talking about because it’s so boring. That is also stealing, yes! We should devote time to know God instead of talking on useless topics.

From “Questions & Answers 1”, page 39
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
San Francisco, California, USA
May 25, 1989
(originally in English)


The Five Precepts

1. Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings

2. Refrain from speaking what is not true

3. Refrain from taking what is not offered

4. Refrain from sexual misconduct

5. Refrain from the use of intoxicants

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