A Few Numbers to Keep In Mind
Two Great Truths
While all things are relative,
There is one absolute.
Three Pure Precepts
I vow to stop doing bad stuff.
I vow to do good stuff.
I vow to bring about good for all beings.
The Four Great Vows
However innumerable all beings are,
I vow to save them all.
However inexhaustible my delusions are,
I vow to extinguish them all.
However immeasurable the Dharma teachings are,
I vow to master them all.
However endless the Buddha’s way is,
I vow to follow it completely.
The Four Noble Truths
There is suffering in the world.
Suffering is caused by craving and attachment.
There is a way to end this suffering.
The Way is the Eightfold Noble Path.
The Eightfold Noble Path
The Ten Grave Precepts
I vow to respect and be kind to all forms of life.
I vow to respect the possessions of others.
I vow to use my sexuality to nurture and enhance my life and the lives of others.
I vow to speak the truth.
I vow to feed my body and mind and those of others healthful and wholesome substances and materials.
I vow to be kind when I speak of others.
I vow to treat others and myself as equals.
I vow to be generous with what I possess.
I vow to sow and water seeds of love in my life.
I vow to value and honor the Triple Treasure: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.