To study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
~Dogen Zenji

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The 16 Bodhisattva Precepts

  • Oneness the awakened nature of all beings.
  • Diversity the ocean of wisdom and compassion.
  • Harmony the interdependence of all creation.

  • Not-Knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe.
  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world
  • Loving actions towards ourselves and others.

  • I recognize that I am not separate from all that is. This is the practice of Non-killing. I will not lead a harmful life, nor encourage others to do so. I will live in harmony with all life and the environment that sustains it.

  • I will be satisfied with what I have. This is the practice of
    . I will freely give, ask for, and accept what is needed.

  • I will encounter all creations with respect and dignity. This is
    the practice of Chaste Conduct.
    I will give and accept love and friendship without clinging.

  • I will speak the truth and deceive no one. This is the practice
    of Non-lying. I will speak from the heart. I will see and act in accordance with what is.

  • I will cultivate a mind that sees clearly. This is the practice of
    Not Being Deluded
    . I will not encourage others to be deluded.
    I will embrace all experience directly.

  • I will unconditionally accept what each moment has to offer.
    This is the practice of Not Talking About Others Errors and Faults. I will acknowledge responsibility for everything in my life.

  • I will speak what I perceive to be the truth without guilt or blame. This is the practice of Not Elevating Myself and Blaming Others. I will give my best effort and accept the results.

  • I will use all of the ingredients of my life. This is the practice of Not Being Stingy. I will not foster a mind of poverty in myself
    or others.

  • I will transform suffering into wisdom. This is the practice of
    Not Being Angry
    . I will not harbor resentment, rage, or
    revenge. I will roll all negative experience into my practice.

  • I will honor my life as an instrument of peacemaking. This is
    the practice of Not Thinking Ill of the Three Treasures.
    I will recognize myself and others as manifestations of Oneness, Diversity and Harmony.

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