THE ZEN PRECEPTS

Compassion's Way: The Ten Applied Zen Precepts, or Aspirations

FIRST

Precept

I bear witness to the reality of violence and abuse, in myself and in the world, and aspire to practice non-violence in my thoughts, words and actions.

SECOND

Precept

I bear witness to the reality of inequality and of greed in myself and in the world, and aspire towards equality and sharing freely of all that I can.

THIRD

Precept

I bear witness to the power of sexuality and its potential for both love and for harm in myself and in the world, and aspire to engage respectfully with an open heart in intimate relationships.

FOURTH

Precept

I bear witness to the lack of honesty in myself and in the world, and aspire to speak truthfully and compassionately.

FIFTH

Precept

I bear witness to the reality of delusion and the desire to evade the painful truths of life in myself and in the world, and aspire to experience Reality directly with clarity and kindness to self and others.

SIXTH

Precept

I bear witness to the reality of blame and the avoidance of responsibility in myself and in the world, and aspire to speak of others with openness and possibility.

SEVENTH

Precept

I bear witness to the elevation of the self and the denigration of others by myself and in the world, and aspire to meet others on equal ground

EIGHTH

Precept

I bear witness to the reality of possessiveness and the withholding of love and resources, in myself and in the world, and aspire to give generously and appropriately.

NINTH

Precept

I bear witness to the reality of my own ill will and the pain of divisiveness in the world, and aspire to respond with compassion when difficult situations and emotions arise.

TENTH

Precept

I bear witness to my own lack of faith in the power of living in accordance with the reality of life as it and aspire to live each moment with mindfulness and compassion.