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10 Vows of a Zen Temple

Here are 10 vows that a Zen Temple sent me. They use this in their Jukai services, and tell me that it is modeled after Vows taken at Eheiji and Sojiji. They are certainly quite similar to what I know as well.
  1. Do not kill.
  2. Do not steal.
  3. Do not mis-use sexuality
  4. Do not lie.
  5. Do not cloud the mind.
  6. Do not speak of the faults & errors of others.
  7. Do not elevate the self & blame others.
  8. Do not be withholding.
  9. Do not be angry.
  10. Do not defile the 3 treasures.

American Zen.

3 responses

  1. beautiful 10.

    August 10, 2018 at 3:48 am

  2. Without the accompanying explanatory teachings, these vows can easily be misunderstood and misapplied. Please post a follow-up.

    August 10, 2018 at 5:32 am

  3. Furthermore, this vow, “Do not be angry,” is not translated correctly. The actual vow is: “Refrain from displaying or indulging anger.”

    It is HUMAN to feel anger. The problem is not with having the anger arise, and no one could possibly keep such a vow. Even His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama admits to having anger arise occasionally.

    It is what one does with one’s mind, body and speech after any “poison of the mind” arises that matters, and, most importantly, what one’s motivation is after the negativity arises, if we do act.

    Until someone attains stable and complete realization to the point of the 10th level of a Bodhisattva, we do experience anger, jealousy, pride and/or desire and are ignorant of the absolute truth of emptiness at some points in our waking or sleeping experiences.

    Also, it is part of being incarnated anywhere in samsara that we inevitably are responsible for billions of deaths of other beings merely to survive (in the acquisition and maintenance of our food, shelter, clothing, bodies) and in moving about in this phenomenal world.

    “Do not kill” is also a mis-translation. The actual vow is : “Refrain from killing,” which means, do not kill intentionally, when it is avoidable, or with any kind of ill intent.

    I’m sad that you posted these without any explanatory teachings.

    August 10, 2018 at 5:41 am

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