By The Numbers

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 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

Right Understanding
Right Thought
Right Action
Right Speech
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

 

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.