White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

Daruma Isshin-kai [mon]

The One Mind Precepts of Bodhidharma

translated by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

Isshin-kai

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity1. In the midst of the ceaseless Dharma, not giving rise to the intention of killing is called the precept of no killing.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the Dharma in which nothing can be grasped, not giving rise to the thought of grasping is called the precept of no stealing.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the unstained Dharma, not covering it with lust is called the precept of no sexual misconduct. 

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the inexplicable Dharma not speaking even a single word is called the precept of no lying.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the intrinsically stainless Dharma, not allowing the mind to darken is called the precept of no trafficking in delusion.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the faultless Dharma, not faulting others is called the precept of no slander.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the sphere of equal Dharma, not speaking of self and others is called the precept of no slander for one's own benefit. 

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the all-pervading true Dharma, not clinging to a single form is called the precept of no miserliness.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the Dharma without self, not giving rise to the conception of self and other is called the precept of no anger.

The inherent nature is inconceivable luminosity. In the midst of the divisionless Dharma, not giving rise to the thought of separation between sentient beings and Buddhas is called the precept of no defilement of the Three Jewels. 

  • 1. Jisho ryomyo: Inherent nature inconceivable luminosity.