Values of the Group
Inspired by, and living through, Ahimsa (non harm) and the 10 precepts, we support and encourage Peace, Freedom, Equality and Environmental Sustainability.
The Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism are:
no misuse of sex
no dealing in drugs
no speaking of faults of others
no praising yourself while abusing others
no sparing the Dharma assets
no indulgence in anger
no defaming the Three Treasures – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
“The Ten Precepts formulate the realisation of inherent good. This is not the opposite of bad but rather it is self nature, Buddha-nature. The Precepts are a guide from self-centred delusion and attachment to the Buddha’s own complete realisation of truth and compassion, pointing the way to our own Buddha nature.” Robert Aitken Roshi .
(For a more complete description and understanding of the precepts see ‘The 10 Grave Precepts’ section in Robert Aitken’s book ‘Taking the path of Zen’.)