The General Provisions
Mãtikã 2. The Lord Buddha is the great religious founder of Buddhism. Even though the Lord Buddha died or Parinibbãna, (the Buddha’s death with elimination of the defilements) Buddhists must hold that Dhamma (the Buddha’s precepts) and the Vinaya (the disciplines) are the great Masters instead.
Mãtikã 3. Buddhism has only one party of Buddhist monks. Buddhism can not be divided by anyone.
Mãtikã 4. Buddhism is one type of religion in the world.
Mãtikã 5. Buddhism is a unique religion which organizes all human beings to be dependent upon themselves without praying to any other divine beings or gods.
Mãtikã 6. Every person, race, nationality, tribe and complexion has the right and freedom to be or not to be a faithful Buddhist. No one is compelled to be.
Mãtikã 7. The Tripitaka are the supreme precepts in Buddhism. Bhikkhuห (Buddhist monks), Bhikkhunĩs (Buddhist nuns}, Upãsakas (laymen) and Upãsikãs (laywomen) precepts which oppose the Tripitaka are unreliable. It’s prohibited to follow other precepts.
Mãtikã 8. Any precepts which are contrary to the Tripitaka are useless. Do not believe them.
Mãtikã 9. Any other precepts which are contrary to the Tripitaka are not the lord Buddha s precepts. No one has the right to quote or cite that they are the Lord Buddha’s.
Mãtikã 10. Any Bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) , Bhikkhunĩ (Buddhist nun), Upãsaka (layman), and Upãsikã (laywoman) showing or preaching or writing precepts or doctrines contrary to the ones in the Tripitaka are regarded as making false doctrines (Saddhammapatฺirũpaka) and they are misguided people. This action is regarded as a great terrible deed (immediacy-deeds).
Mãtikã 11. Buddhism is a religion of intellect which teaches its audience to understand the truths of life so they can manage their own lives properly according to the natural truths.
Mãtikã 12. According to Buddhism, everybody has equal status without racism, slavery, and a class system. Humanity‘s prestige depends on deeds, actions and behavior. It doesn’t depend on ancestry.
Mãtikã13. Buddhism is the religion of the intellectual. The Lord Buddha
became enlightened using his own intellect, so he has been named “Buddha” which means a person who has awaken from his mistakes, credulity and groundlessness and has attained enlightenment.
Mãtikã 14. Buddhism is the only religion in the world where status, the power of god and mystery are denied.
Mãtikã 15. Buddhism is the only religion in the world showing the principle
doctrine that all living creatures have not a self or immortal body called Attã, Ãtman or Viññãna, which hide inside the body.
Mãtikã 16. The Lord Buddha’s intellect enlightened the truth that all living
creatures are under the rules of Tilakkhana (Three signs of Beings), that is :
(1) Aniccaṅ – uncertainty, perpetually changing
(2) Dukkhaṅ – suffering (the burden of a human’s and animal’s life in seeking
food or everything needed for survival endlessly)
(3) Anattã – soul-lessness, the immortal body which hides inside all living
Mãtikã 17. Anyone who understands the Noble Truths which consists of the
knowledge of arising and cessation section (yaṅ kiñci samudayadhammaṅ sabbantaṅ
nirodhammaṅ) receives the Eyes of Truth and achieves the first stage of holiness (asorption) called Sotãpanna, who will reach the way of Nibbãna (will be reborn not more than 7 rounds of the cycle of rebirth and then attain Nibbãna – no longer to be reborn in the state of existence.)
Mãtikã 18. All living creatures and non-living creatures including human beings, animals, gods, divine beings, celestial beings, creatures from hell, plants, the earth, the sun, the moon, clouds, rain, wind, and storm arise in the state of existence by other factors which depend on the conditional rising and cessation of all phenomena called Patฺiccasamuppãda. They don’t arise from any gods.
Mãtikã 19 A combination of earth-element (substance), water-element (cohesive force or gravity), fire-element (temperature) air or wind-element, space and soul stick together to become the world of objects and the world of living things.
In the world of living things, living creatures such as human beings, divine beings, gods, elephants, horses, cows and buffaloes etc. are born depending on internal factors such as ignorance, craving and clinging including the five elements plus the soul. These factors and elements join each other to become all living creatures on earth, both in the water and on the ground.