The Eleven Precepts of Hollow Bones

  1. Affirm Life ~ I respect all sentient and insentient
    beings and always act with compassion towards
    them. In order to live, it is necessary for me to take
    life. I do so with reverence for the life taken. In
    gratitude, I do not take my own life for granted.
  2. Act Generously ~ I act with generosity and openhandedness.
    I receive only things that are freely
    given to me. I remember that clinging and
    attachment are the root of suffering.
  3.  Be Loving ~ I am conscious and loving in all
    of my relationships. In sexuality, I discern
    the difference between love and lust and do not
    take advantage of other human beings.
    I transform the arising of lust into true loving.
  4. Manifest Truth ~ I honor honesty and truth.
    I speak with integrity from the depth of my heart.
  5. Respect Clarity ~ I act at all times with
    mindfulness and clarity. I do not abuse my body
    or cloud my mind with the misuse of intoxicants.
  6. Honor Silence ~ I remember the preciousness of
    silence. I see the perfection in others and refrain
    from gossip and frivolous conversation. I remain
    thoughtful and mindful of the effects of my
  7. Celebrate Others ~ I rejoice in the good fortune of
    others. I do not, through my thoughts, words or
    actions, separate myself from others through
    coveting, envy or jealousy.
  8. Be Giving ~ I give generously of myself, sharing
    freely my love, my gifts, my talents and my
    abundance for the benefit of all. I do not selfishly
    withhold. I do not add any more suffering to the
  9. Embody Compassion ~ I recognize and
    enlighten my greed, anger and ignorance. I
    transform my negative emotions and act with
    equanimity, sympathetic joy, compassion and
    loving kindness.
  10. Steward the Earth ~ I hold sacred this planet
    Earth. I seek to understand Nature’s
    interconnections and celebrate my own
    interdependency. I work toward achieving a
    lifestyle that gives more back to this Earth than I
    take from it.
  11. Manifest this Way ~ I hold precious
    this Sangha and the sacred life we embody,
    especially these three treasures:

This absolute purity
of our Awakened Mind!

This life filled with wisdom,
compassion and skillful means!

This never–ending mystery
of life unfolding!
All brothers, all sisters, all

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