Precepts

Commandments of the Seven Buddhas

We shall strive not to cause harm of any kind.

We shall live in and be a servant to all that is good.

We shall cultivate the purity that is our nature.

This is the full teaching of the Awakened Ones.

The Three Places of Refuge

We give ourselves to the Buddha.
(Shakyamuni, the teachers, and the process of mastery)
We give ourselves to The Dharma
(The underling flow and Truth of the universe).
We give ourselves to the Sangha
(The community of followers of the Way – all creatures great and small animate and inanimate).

The Ten Precepts

We will be reverential and mindful with all life; I will not kill or be ruled by violence.
We will respect others’ property; we will not steal.
We will be conscious and loving in our relationships; we will not be ruled by lust.
We will honor honesty and truth; we will not deceive.
We will exercise proper care of our body and mind; we will not be gluttonous or abuse intoxicants.
We will remember that silence is precious; we will not gossip or engage in frivolous conversation.
We will be humble; We will not exalt ourselves or judge others.
We will be grateful for my life; we will not covet or be directed by envy or jealousy.
We will keep our mind at peace; we will not be directed by anger.
We will esteem the three treasures, the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

 

The Four Great Vows

SHU JO MU HEN SEI GAN DO,
However innumerable beings are, we vow to care for them all.
BO NO MU JIN SEI GAN DAN,
However inexhaustible delusions are, we vow to relinquish them all.
HO MON MU RYO SEI GAN GAKU,
However immeasurable gates to truth there are, we vow to enter them all.
BUTSU DO MU JO SEI GAN JO.
However endless the Buddha’s way is, we vow to follow it.

 

 

Portland Oregon Zen Buddhism