Five Principles of Buddhism May Be Linked to Lower Risk of Depression

Five Principles of Buddhism May Be Linked to Lower Risk of Depression

In this case, the five fingers of the hand may represent the five rules, while the flare represents the wisdom gained from meditation based on the five rules. This ancient, durable metal sculpture reflects the 2600-year history of the Five Principles practice. Credits: Tinakon Wongpakaran & Sriprom Wongpakaran, CC-BY 4.0 (

A new study suggests that people with high levels of neuroticism and stress may be at greater risk for depressive symptoms, but these links may be buffered for people who observe the five tenets of Buddhism, a core ethical system for followers of the religion. Nahathai Wongpakaran of Chiang Mai University in Thailand and colleagues present these findings in the open access journal. PLOS ONE On 30 November 2022.

The five principles of Buddhism are not to kill, not to steal, to sexual harassment, tell malicious lies, or use intoxicants. Previous research suggests that following the five principles can improve well-being and quality of life. public opinion, including non-serious followers. However, it has been less clear whether the five principles can alleviate depression symptoms for those at higher risk.

To address this question, Wongpakaran and colleagues focused on the known links between neuroticism, stress, and depression. Previous research has shown that greater neuroticism is associated both directly and indirectly with a greater risk of depression through perceived stress – how people think and feel after stressful life events.

From late 2019 to September 2022, researchers online survey Survey of 644 adults in Thailand, each participant’s perceived stress, neuroticism and depressive symptomsIn addition to their adherence to the five principles of Buddhism.

Statistical analysis of the survey results showed that a high degree of adherence to the five principles buffered the effect of perceived stress on depression. These results suggest that individuals with high levels of neuroticism and stress they may be less likely to develop depressive symptoms if they follow the five principles closely.

Although the researchers suggest that their study potential benefits does not confirm a cause-effect relationship for the five principles in the context of depression. The majority of the participants were women and people living alone, and their religious affiliation was unknown, although 93.3% of the participants reported being Buddhist. More research will be needed to determine whether these findings will extend to the general population of Thailand and beyond, as well as to non-Buddhists.

«Application of the five principles makes other people feel safe, as all these behaviors are harmless and provide the potentially stressed practitioner with a buffer against depression,» the authors write.

More information:
The regulatory role of observing the five principles of Buddhism on neuroticism, perceived stress, and depressive symptoms. PLOS ONE (2022). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0277351

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