ZCLA's Statement of the Precepts
The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts (Kai) that are given and received during Jukai are divided into three components: the Three Treasures, the Three Pure Precepts, and the Ten Grave Precepts, as follows:
The Three Treasures (Refuges, Jewels) correspond to the “container” or “substance.” These are the essence of our true nature. The refuges are:
1. Buddha, or the aspect of oneness (equality); the unconditioned or unhindered state.
(There are no precepts.)
2. Dharma, or the aspect of differences (diversity, multiplicity) as seen from oneness.
(There are precepts, or a natural way in which life functions.)
3. Sangha, or the aspect of the natural harmonious relationship of oneness and differences.
The precepts come alive through our actions and our relationship with self and other.
The Three Pure Precepts correspond to the order in which we function as the Three Treasures. These are:
4. Do No Evil. (The Three Tenets: Not-Knowing)
5. Do Good. (The Three Tenets: Bearing Witness)
6. Do Good for Others. (The Three Tenets: Loving Action)
The Ten Grave Precepts correspond to the more specific “functioning” of the Three Treasures in daily life. These aspects of life are:
9. Not Being Greedy
10. Not Telling Lies
11. Not Being Ignorant
12. Not Talking about Others’ Errors and Faults
13. Not Elevating Oneself and Blaming Others
14. Not Being Stingy
15. Not Being Angry
16. Not Speaking