Soto Zen School
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The Precepts are a description of enlightened action and serve as a guide. They are never imposed, but may be taken freely by anyone who wishes.
"People are sometimes repelled by the word morality, because it conjures up images of having to follow an inflexible set of arbitrary or meaningless rules that are enforced by a hypocritical authority. Morality is not about condeming others; it is not bigotry, nor is it something dreamed up by ruling elites to keep us in our place. Morality is not about authority, either a divine authority who threatens us with punishment, nor a human authority who takes it upon themselves to decide what others should do. Morality comes out of our natural wish to do good "(from "Sitting Buddha"- available as a free download from the Throssel website )
The Three Refuges
The Three Pure Precepts
The Ten Precepts
The final authority is wisdom born of the compassionate heart, but we should develop the humility to check our understanding with the Buddha's teaching (the Scriptures) and with the Sangha, the living community of those who follow the Buddha's Way. We are all human and even the greatest teacher can make a mistake; however, if the Precepts are taken seriously, they provide the necessary safeguards.