Precepts for the Practitioner

3.1979.191With wholeness of 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 wholeness of heart entrust yourself to the Dharma you revere.

Do not denounce the teachings followed by others.


With wholeness of heart awaken the realization of equality.

Do not engage in discriminative thinking.


With wholeness of heart give rise to compassion.

Do not be indifferent to the sorrows of others.


With wholeness of heart disclose a gentle countenance.

Do not manifest anger and intolerance.


With wholeness of heart dwell firmly in humility’s insights.

Do not arouse a spirit of arrogance.


With wholeness of heart discern the sources of impurity.

Do not generate a mind that cherishes attachments.


With wholeness of heart contemplate the reality of impermanence.

Do not awaken thoughts of greed and craving.


With wholeness of heart rectify your own faults.

Do not revile others for their transgressions.


With wholeness of heart display the activity of transforming others.

Do not be negligent in your practice for universal benefit.


With wholeness of heart aspire for the Pure Land.

Do not disregard the pain in the three inferior states.


With wholeness of heart be settled in contemplation of birth in the Pure Land.

Do not become lax in reciting the Name.


With wholeness of heart hold the West in mindfulness.

Do not scatter your thoughts in the other directions.


With wholeness of heart endeavor in the practice that leads to enlightenment.

Do not keep company with those given to amusement and pleasure.


With wholeness of 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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