Monday, December 27, 2010

THE BODHISATTVA PRECEPTS: An Ongoing Inquiry by WILBUR MUSHIN MAY, SENSEI---"Realization"



We have spoken about the two dimensions of the Precepts, those being the Literal and the Intrinsic. On the one hand, the Precepts are quite specific in their formulation of a moral guideline. On the other hand, the Precepts are universal expressions of our boundless aspirations. The Precepts lead us to be in harmony with the universal laws that operate within ourselves and within others. To step outside this harmony is to step into suffering. But, once inside the harmony, within the Oneness, realizing the One-body, the Precepts are virtually unnecessary; we embody them simply by living. If we enter each moment with Zen Mind the Precepts are realized.

1 comment:

Linda LaForte said...

Reading the literal one line precept didn't have such an impact on me. It was not until I read the explanations and reasoning behind each one that I decided to practice more mindfully. The teachings bring peace and a better understanding of how we connect to each other. It's not difficult to understand how NOT practicing creates suffering. Don't know if it's just me, but it saddens me a little to note that in some places these precepts have been altered a bit to fit in with modern life.