Five Points in Buddhist Practice – uphold the precepts

A second point is that Buddhist practice firmly upholds the precepts and does not act contrary to the teachings of the Buddhas and the patriarchs.  It controls the tendency to twist things and corrupt them; therefore, the mind becomes virtuous.  Clearly understanding the true Way and the false and transcending the true, you make special use of a meaning beyond discrimination, saving all beings uprightly and with compassion.  This Mind, the jewel that makes use of the laws of the realm, practices justice and reason, yet transcends them, clearly distinguishing the true Way from the false.  Simply entrust yourself to the manifestations of this Mind and all its actions will be in accordance with the law.

Suzuki Shosan (1579 –1655)

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