Precepts for the Practitioner

3.1979.191With your whole heart, remember the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Do not overlook the power of the interaction between the Buddha’s compassion and your aspiration.

With your whole heart, entrust yourself to the Dharma you revere. Do not denounce the teachings followed by others.

With your whole heart, awaken the realization of equality. Do not engage in discriminative thinking.

With your whole heart, give rise to compassion. Do not be indifferent to the sorrows of others.

With your whole heart, disclose a gentle countenance. Do not manifest anger and intolerance.

With your whole heart, dwell firmly in humility’s insights. Do not arouse a spirit of arrogance.

With your whole heart, discern the sources of impurity. Do not generate a mind that cherishes attachments.

With your whole heart, contemplate the reality of impermanence. Do not awaken thoughts of greed and craving.

With your whole heart, rectify your own faults. Do not revile others for their transgressions.

With your whole heart, display the activity of transforming others. Do not be negligent in your practice for universal benefit.

With your whole heart, aspire for the Pure Land. Do not disregard the pain in the three inferior states.

With your whole heart, be settled in contemplation of birth in the Pure Land. Do not become lax in reciting the Name.

With your whole heart, hold the West in mindfulness. Do not scatter your thoughts in the other directions.

With your whole heart, endeavor in the practice that leads to enlightenment. Do not keep company with those given to amusement and pleasure.

With your whole heart, follow the guidance of your good teachers. Do not leave matters to your self-will.

Exert all your efforts and never neglect the Name that is the embodiment of practice, pervading thought, speech, and deed.

—Ippen Shonin

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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1 Response to Precepts for the Practitioner

  1. John Willemsens says:

    Reblogged this on Advayavada Buddhism.

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