(I would be so grateful of your help)
I only discovered Buddhism quite recently and after considerable research found that Tibetan Buddhism fitted in perfectly with my own beliefs. However, I am still very young and in recently leaving university / trying to start a career in Charity work – I only have time to do research on the internet.
In February I took a vow of Ahimsa – non violence. I did so to Mother Maya of the ‘Om Mission’ and to this day I hold the vow purely in thought speech and action.
I thought this vow translated well into Buddhism – the First precept. But then after much research ...I became very confused. I always thought that the first precept (upasaka vow / genyen) – involved being ‘harmless’ in ‘thought, word and deed’. But after much reading the first precept only seems to cover injuring / killing sentient beings... whereas I practice it in terms of abstaining from all negative thoughts, speech and actions.
So basically I am asking if the first precept includes abstaining from harmful thoughts, words and actions? Or does it simply mean not to kill? I hope it covers actions of thought, word and deed...as that would seem far more complete to me.
I apologise if this is in any way confusing, it’s just that I have not yet had the chance to find a teacher and I am unsure about the meaning of the first precept in Tibetan Buddhism.