THE FOURTEEN PRECEPTS

of the Order of Interbeing

(Blue Iris Version)

A blue iris for you!

Following are 14 precepts based on and inspired by the   original Fourteen Precepts of the Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien).  These original precepts were reincarnated as the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings at the Second General Assembly (or International Council) of the Order in 1996.  The entire original version can be found in the 1993 edition of the book "Interbeing" and the revised version can be found in the Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book - both published by Parallax Press (see Links page for Parallax Press site).

This abridged version of the original Fourteen Precepts is provided to give readers the flavor of these guidelines for living mindfully and to provide a short version for experienced practitioners (who are familiar with the full length versions) to use for frequent recitation.


FIRST PRECEPT


Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology.

SECOND PRECEPT

Do not think your current knowledge is changeless, absolute truth.

THIRD PRECEPT

Do not try in any way to force your views on others..

FOURTH PRECEPT

Do not  avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering.

FIFTH PRECEPT


Do not accumulate wealth while others are in need.

SIXTH PRECEPT

Do not maintain anger or hatred.

SEVENTH PRECEPT

Do not lose yourself in dispersion and forgetfulness.

EIGHTH PRECEPT

Do not utter words that can create discord.

 NINTH PRECEPT

Do not  say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest.

TENTH PRECEPT

Do not use your spiritual community for personal gain.

ELEVENTH PRECEPT

Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to others.

TWELFTH PRECEPT

Do not kill.

 THIRTEENTH PRECEPT

Possess nothing that should belong to others.

FOURTEENTH PRECEPT

Use your vital energies (sexual, breath, and spirit) for realization of the Way.


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