Note: These "Alternative Precepts" are actually Kobun's esoteric interpretation of the precepts according to Bodhidharma. (Bodhidharma was the original zen patriarch in China about 1500 years ago.)

 

A disciple of the Buddha does not kill.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of constantly changing, constantly abiding dharma, not having the mind of origination or extinction of beings is called the Precept of No Killing.

A disciple of Buddha takes only that which is given.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of unattainable dharma, not giving rise to the mind of attainment is called the Precept of No Stealing.

A disciple of Buddha does not misuse sex.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of the dharma of non-attachment, not giving rise to the view of fulfillment through attachment is called the Precept of Not Abusing Sex.

A disciple of Buddha does not lie.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of inexpressible dharma, to not preach one word is called the Precept of No Illusory Words.

A disciple of Buddha does not give or use intoxicants.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of immaculate dharma, not giving birth to ignorance is called the Precept of Not Giving or Using Intoxicants.

A disciple of Buddha does not criticize.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of unmistakable dharma, not criticizing the mistakes of others is called the Precept of Not Finding Fault With Others.

A disciple of Buddha does not praise or blame.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of identical dharma, undifferentiated dharma, not inflating with praise or demeaning with blame is called the Precept of No Praise, No Blame.

A disciple of Buddha does not hoard material possessions or teachings.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of the dharma of all pervading suchness, not giving rise to attachment to a single form is called the Precept of Not Hoarding.

A disciple of Buddha does not harbor ill will.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of selfless dharma, not thinking there is a real self is called the Precept of No Anger.

A disciple of the Buddha does not abuse the three treasurers.

Bodhidharma said: self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the realm of the one truth, not holding dualistic views about ordinary beings and Buddha’s is the called the Precept of Not Defaming the Three Treasures.





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