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Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

We have quilted our vows from those of The Order of Clear Mind Zen,

The Village Zendo, and the Zen Peace Makers Organization. 

Three Refuges

I take refuge in the Buddha, the oneness of all life and the awakened nature of all beings. 

I take refuge in the Dharma, the diversity of all life and the ocean of wisdom and compassion.

I take refuge in the Sangha, the interdependence of all beings.


The Three Pure Precepts 

I vow to cease from doing evil by giving up fixed ideas about myself, others and the universe.

I vow to do good by bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world. 

I vow to bring about abundant good by taking action in the world through the understanding that arises from the practices of not-knowing and bearing witness. 


The Ten Grave Precepts


Recognizing that I am not separate from all that is, I vow not to kill. 

Being satisfied with what I have, I vow not to steal. 

Encountering all creations with respect and dignity, I vow not to cause harm in my sexual conduct. 

Listening and speaking from the heart, I vow not to lie. 

Cultivating a mind that sees clearly, I vow to not to be ignorant. 

Unconditionally accepting what each moment has to offer, I vow not to speak about the errors and faults of others. 

Speaking what I perceive to be the truth without guilt or blame, I vow not to elevate myself and to blame others. 

Using all the ingredients of my life, I vow not to be stingy, especially with the dharma.

Transforming suffering into wisdom, I vow not to be angry. 

Honoring my life as an instrument of peacemaking, I vow not to speak or think ill of the Three Treasures. 

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