Three Treasures of a Zen Peacemaker
Inviting all creations into the mandala of my practice and vowing to serve them, I take refuge in:
- Oneness: the awakened nature of all beings
- Diversity: the ocean of wisdom and compassion
- Harmony: the interdependence of all creations
Three Tenets of a Zen Peacemaker
Taking refuge and entering the stream of Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of:
- Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
- Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world
- Loving actions towards ourselves and others
Ten Practices of a Zen Peacemaker
Being Mindful of the interdependence of Oneness and Diversity, and wishing to actualize my vows, I engage in the spiritual practices of:
- Recognizing that I am not separate from all that is. This is the precept of Non-Killing.
- Being satisfied with what I have. This is the precept of Non-Stealing.
- Encountering all creations with respect and dignity. This is the precept of Chaste Conduct.
- Listening and speaking from the heart. This is the precept of Non-Lying.
- Cultivating a mind that sees clearly. This is the precept of Not Being Ignorant.
- Unconditionally accepting what each moment has to offer. This is the precept of Not Talking About Others Errors And Faults.
- Speaking what I perceive to be the truth without guilt or blame. This is the precept of Not Elevating Oneself And Blaming Others.
- Using all of the ingredients of my life. This is the precept of Not Being Stingy.
- Transforming suffering into wisdom. This is the precept of Not Being Angry.
- Honoring my life as an instrument of peacemaking. This is the precept of Not Thinking Ill of the Three Treasures.
Five Commitments of a Zen Peacemaker
I commit myself to a culture of
- Nonviolence and reverence for life;
- Solidarity and a just economic order;
- Tolerance and a life based on truthfulness
- Equal rights and partnership between men and women
- Stewardship of the Earth.