As a dharma voyager, I have no destination.
I am traveling in no particular direction.
I have no expectation of arriving.
Therefore, it’s important to have clear navigation.*
Path of Liberation
The Four Noble Truths of Liberation
The First Noble Truth is suffering.* Birth brings suffering. Aging brings suffering. Sickness brings suffering. Dying brings suffering. Pain brings suffering. Losing pleasure brings suffering. Wanting and not getting brings suffering. In brief, the human condition brings suffering.
The Second Noble Truth is the origin of suffering. The origin of suffering is craving** different circumstances.
The Third Noble Truth is liberation from suffering. It is possible to stop craving different circumstances.
The Fourth Noble Truth is the Eightfold Path of Liberation from Suffering: Developing the following will eliminate craving different circumstances: Clear perspective. Clear intention. Clear communication. Clear behavior. Clear work. Clear discipline. Clear presence. Clear focus.
* the Pali word ‘dukkha’ doesn’t have an exact English translation. Suffering gets at it. Dukkha can vary in intensity from deep existential angst to vague dis-ease. Suffering is not the same as pain.
** craving here has the quality of ‘thirst.’ Like suffering, thirst can vary in intensity from a dry mouth to hallucinating in the desert.
The Six Perfections of Liberation
Path of Wisdom
The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemakers International
NOT-KNOWING: letting go of fixed ideas about yourself, others, and the universe.
BEARING WITNESS: to the joy and suffering of the world.
TAKING ACTION: that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness
The Five Wisdoms
Wisdom of spaciousness. (“This is it.”)
Wisdom of mirror-like oneness with all things. (“Now, it’s like this.”)
Widsom of that which is the same in all things. (“This too.”)
Wisdom of that which is distinct in all things. (“Not this.”)
Wisdom of spontaneous right action. (“This next.”)
Path of Compassion
The Four Great Boddhisattva Vows
All beings without limit, I vow to serve.
Delusions endlessly arising, I vow to disrupt.
Dharma gates beyond measure, I vow to pass through.
Buddha’s unsurpassable path, I vow to go beyond.
The Four Immeasurables
Path of Practice
The Refuge of the Three Treasures
I take refuge in the Buddha. Liberation is possible.
I take refuge in the Dharma. There is a pathway to liberation.
I take refuge in the Sangha. Our liberation is interconnected.
The Ten Precepts
Respect life – Do not kill
Respect resources – Do not steal
Honor the body – Do not misuse sexuality
Manifest truth – Do not lie
Proceed clearly – Do not cloud the mind
See the perfection – Do not speak of others’ errors and faults
Realize self and others as one – Do not elevate the self and blame others
Give generously – Do not be stingy
Actualize harmony – Do not fuel anger
Experience the intimacy of things – Do not lose the Three Treasures
*Translations and adaptations created from personal understanding and application