It should be noted that the monastic vows, and Buddhist ethics in general, have a technical aspect. They help one detach from various samsaric things during meditation.
Sometimes, a detachment still leaves a subtle attachment in consciousness, in which case, one can detach with a subtler form of a vow or ethical teaching.
Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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