Role of Sigalovada Sutta in practice

Hi there, I’m wondering about the role of the Sigalovada Sutta in lay practice. There’s a sutta somewhere (can’t find it now) in which someone asks the Buddha how someone (a householder) can be considered a Buddhist. The answer is that they take refuge in the Triple Gem and adopt the Five Precepts. But… it does not mention all parts of the framework described in the Sigalovada Sutta (DN 31), which lays out 14 points for a noble practitioner to follow. The Five Precepts, for instance, don’t explicitly mention “sauntering in the streets” and “frequenting theatrical shows”. The Precepts also don’t describe good/bad friendship and social duties, both of which are included in the Sutta.

So, should I interpret the message of the Sutta as a higher level of sila for a layperson to follow? Or does “worshiping the six quarters” have a meaning that affects the application of the Sutta to practice?

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Good question.
My childhood is built around Sigalvada Sutta and Parabhava Sutta.
I never examine to see whethe it is some sort of ethics.
Hoewever they are definitly good ethics revolving around Brahama Viharas.