by Korean Son (Zen) Master Chinul Sunim
A beginner’s mind should keep its distance from bad company and draw near the virtuous and wise. When you receive the Five or Ten Precepts, you should learn well when to keep and when occasionally overlook them. From now on you should depend solely upon the words of the Buddha and pay no more heed to the senseless comments of ordinary men.
Now you have renounced the world to join a pure community. Therefore, you must continually aspire to gentleness and harmony but without considering yourself superior to others.
Treat your elders as elder brothers and younger persons as younger brothers. If there should be a quarrel, harmonize the views of the two parties and reconcile them with compassion alone. You should not injure others with abuse. If you scorn your fellows and bicker over what is right and wrong, then your renunciation will have been profitless. (more…)
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