kirtu wrote:Rakshasa wrote:Is moral discipline and keeping precepts the central teachings of the Buddha?
Buddha Shakyamuni's fundamental teaching is karma. So if a person performs virtuous actions then they will experience positive outcomes and if a person performs non-virtuous actions then they will experience negative outcomes. In order to guide beings to a better life and at least a higher rebirth Buddhism teaches moral discipline and keeping precepts in order to improve a being's karma.
The cessation of karma is more fundamental.
"Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught old kamma (karma), I have taught new kamma, I have taught the cessation of kamma, I have taught the way leading to the cessation of kamma ( kammanirodhagâminî patipadâ)" (S.iv.133/SN 35:146).