I hope you are fine. It`s a great chance that I can ask you my questions. My first question is as follows:
Where is the place of
1. Optional: Whether it is done or not doesn’t have anything to do with TTB.
2. Recommended: It is better to be done.
3. Abominable: It is better not to be done.
4. Obligatory: It must be done.
5. Illegal: It must never be done.
This question came to my mind when I was reading these verses of Dhamma-padda :
For never does hatred cease by hatred in this world. Hatred ceases only by non-hatred. This is an eternal law. Verse No.5
All people tremble at the prospect of punishment. All people fear death.Behave others as if you are behaving yourself, don`t kill and don`t cause others to kill. Verse No.129
Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered are unhappy. Those who have given up both victory and defeat are content and happy. Verse No.201
The sages who injure no one and who always control their bodies—they will go to the unchangeable place where they will suffer no more. Verse No.225
Patiently shall I endure abuse as the elephant in battle endures the arrow sent from the bow, for there are many, indeed, who lack virtue. Verse No.320
The ones I call indeed brahmans who, though innocent offense, endure abuse, beating, and bonds
The ones I call indeed brahmans who are tolerant among the intolerant, mild among the violent, and free from greed among the greedy. Verse No.406
Besides these verses, there is another verse that forbids selling weapons for lay people: Anguttara-Nikaya V, Sutta 177
To put simple, my question is, in which conditions Buddhists are allowed to break the SIKKHAPADA [I mean panca-sila(the Five Moral Order for lay people)]
Welcome. It is also with great pleasure that I am given a chance to try to answer your questions. May I take it that your question is in your last sentence:
The Buddha did not COMMAND his followers NOT to break precepts. It is generally translated as "I undertake to observe the precept".
The universal law holds supreme. An unwholesome act will produce corresponding unwholesome consequence now or in future. Wholesome lifestyle will generate wholesome consequences. It is our responsibility to live right and make effort to maintain this wholesome way of life; and hopefully there will be less chance that we have to commit unwholesome acts. The five precepts are like a protective fence, when effectively guarded, harm will not come our way.