THE FOURTEEN PRECEPTS
of the Order of Interbeing
(Blue Iris Version)
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.
Do not think your current knowledge is changeless, absolute truth.
Do not try in any way to force your views on others..
Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering.
Do not maintain anger or hatred.
Do not lose yourself in dispersion and forgetfulness.
Do not utter words that can create discord.
Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest.
Do not use your spiritual community for personal gain.
Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to others.
Do not kill.
Possess nothing that should belong to others.
Use your vital energies (sexual, breath, and spirit) for realization of the Way.