We’ll be holding the yearly precepts ceremony for laypeople this November, so I thought I’d put these up. They shouldn’t be understood as something designed to control you, rather, they are reflections of the way the world really works. Inherently all beings share the same mind, the same body, the same life, work together as one, and freely give and receive whatever is needed. When we live in tune with this, then our own life goes much more smoothly, with fewer painful situations.
Along with fewer painful events, there are fewer karmic hindrances, and fewer hindrances to us being able to perceive this great flowing for ourselves. Svaha!
The Five Precepts
The Precept of Not Killing:
Knowing that all other lives are part of your life, treat all other bodies as your own.
The Precept of Not Stealing:
Letting go of desires for others’ possessions, cultivate a spirit of generosity.
The Precept of Avoiding Improper Sexual Conduct:
Letting go of lust and harmful states of mind, strive to keep your mind pure.
The Precept of Avoiding Harmful Speech:
Refrain from lying, and being careful of what you say, live with truth and sincerity.
The Precept of Avoiding Intoxicants:
Avoid drinking to excess, and for the sake of yourself and others, live with moderation.
The audiobook version of My Heart is a Golden Buddha has come out!
This has been something we’ve been working to make happen for a long time, and at last, we found a truly great narrator, Garan Fitzgerld, and he did an awesome job!
If you haven’t read the book, these are kind of different stories! While some are very traditional Buddhist tales, I can pretty much guarantee that others are like nothing you’ve heard before. Yet the endings and Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s explanations are really satisfying. It feels like they scratch an itch so old we stopped noticing it. Go ahead and take a listen!
Sample the first story
Available at Audible, iTunes, and just about every other audiobook outlet.
As with most things, this is easy to say, and a bit harder in the execution! But also absolutely necessary if we don’t want to be haunted by one-time concerns.
Mind and Body
If you’re truly practicing,
you won’t have to worry too much about your body.
Of course, if your body is sick,
that shakes your mind and makes it harder to think clearly,
but when you really have faith,
when you are really trying to practice,
then you know that pain and illness too came from your foundation,
so you just entrust it back there, understanding,
“You formed me. You’re what drags this body around,
so whether it’s a healthy body that travels around or not
is up to you. I’m not going to worry about it.”
You just entrust the whole thing there,
and get on with what you have to do.
This is how to practice without getting trapped and distracted by events.
— Daehaeng Kun Sunim