The Precepts

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The Three General Resolutions

  1. I resolve to avoid evil.
  2. I resolve to do good.
  3. 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.

From Zen Bow

From the RZC Podcast