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disputes, not rules.) &nbsp;Out of the thousand rules, he only found five important enough to be precepts for laypeople. &nbsp;The most important precept he made the first, and this was Not-Killing. &nbsp; </p> <p>There are two types of killing to abstain from: &nbsp;murder (the killing of humans) and the killing of (non-human) animals. &nbsp;At best, lesser religions teach one to abstain from murder, and there are even many exceptions to this. &nbsp;</p><p>A practicing Buddhist abstains from murder, without exception. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A practicing Buddhist&nbsp;abstains from the killing of animals.</p><br><p><a href="/cgi-bin/blstord.pl?storyid=2003041401910100.htm&amp;prd=bl&amp;title=SABMiller%20still%20keen%20on%20%20SWC%20%20stake..."><font class="leftnavi" size="2"><br> </font></a></p> <p></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table><table border="0" width="760"> <tbody> <tr border="0"> <td border="0" align="left"><!-- <HR noshade> <IMG src="botbanner.gif" width=468> --><hr 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