During the meditation course you should agree to follow these rules. They will provide you with a good foundation for practice and give you mental strength.
At the course, during the first meditation session, you will be asked to repeat the following five precepts or rules. The rules are written in bold with an explanation below each one. Please read them carefully so that you understand what you are saying when you repeat them.
I shall abstain from killing.
I shall abstain from stealing.
I shall abstain from a life of misconduct.
I shall abstain from speaking lies, harsh words, or backbiting which will harm others.
I shall abstain from taking any intoxicant.
I promise to follow the instructions given during the course as best I can.