The Three Treasures

  • I take refuge in Buddha,
    and resolve that with all beings I will understand the Great Way whereby the Buddha seed may forever thrive.
  • I take refuge in Dharma,
    and resolve that with all beings I will enter deeply into the sutra-treasure whereby my wisdom may grow as vast as the ocean.
  • I take refuge in Sangha,
    and in its wisdom, example, and never-failing help, and resolve to live in harmony with all sentient beings.

The Three General Resolutions

  • I resolve to avoid evil.
  • I resolve to do good.
  • I resolve to liberate all sentient beings.

The Ten Cardinal Precepts

  1. I resolve not to kill, but to cherish all life.
  2. I resolve not to take what is not given, but to respect the things of others.
  3. I resolve not to misuse sexuality, but to be caring and responsible.
  4. I resolve not to lie, but to speak the truth.
  5. I resolve not to cause others to abuse alcohol or drugs, nor to do so myself, but to keep the mind clear.
  6. I resolve not to speak of the faults of others, but to be  understanding and sympathetic.
  7. I resolve not to praise myself and disparage others, but to overcome my own shortcomings.
  8. I resolve not to withhold spiritual or material aid, but to give them freely where needed
  9. I resolve not to indulge in anger, but to practice forbearance.
  10. I resolve not to revile the Three Treasures [Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha], but to cherish and uphold them.