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(P.). The five moral vows taken by Buddhist lay-disciples and also by every monk. These five vows are to avoid harming others, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and to abstain from mind-altering drugs, including alcohol. They are also called the upāsaka vows. The Sanskrit equivalent of Pansil is pañca-śīla.

Both Henry S. Olcott and Helena P. Blavatsky took Pansil at Galle in Sri Lanka on May 25, 1880, and were, therefore, among the first Americans to formally adopt Buddhism.


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