Precepts

A Zen framework for living well

I resolve not to kill, but to cherish all life.

I resolve not to take what is not given, but to respect the things of others.

I resolve not to misuse sexuality, but to be caring and responsible.

I resolve not to lie, but to speak the truth.

I resolve not to cause others to abuse alcohol or drugs, nor to do so myself, but to keep the mind clear.

I resolve not to speak of the faults of others, but to be understanding and sympathetic.

I resolve not to praise myself and disparage others, but to overcome my own shortcomings.

I resolve not to withhold spiritual or material aid, but to give them freely where needed.

I resolve not to indulge in anger, but to practice forebearance.

I resolve not to revile the Three Treasures, but to cherish and uphold them.