The BFF Fellowship also endorses
the Tenfold Precepts taught by the historical Buddha in the Vimalakirti Sutra
and in other Buddhist scriptures, as an extension of deep hearing
practice and as one of the basic foundations for our Buddhist lifestyle.
These Tenfold Precepts are not commandments but guidelines
for a healthy lifestyle full of harmony, compassion and love. As a deep hearing practice, these wonderful Precepts are
the gates by which we may learn to become truly authentic human beings. The diligent practice of these Precepts
eventually arouses a deep awareness of our foolish and self-centered nature, while at the same time we
awaken to the compassionate working of the Primal Vow that accepts us regardless of our imperfections and confusion. As
a consequence, we are progressively empowered to avoid creating suffering, fear and despair and bring into being joy,
understanding, and peace into our world. By practicing these Precepts, little by little, we evolve into our human potential
and become an active instrument for Amida's love within our suffering world.
Precepts are designed to purify the body, speech and mind:
I undertake the training of loving kindness; I abstain from killing
Precept: I undertake the training of generosity; I abstain from stealing.
I undertake the training of simplicity and contentment; I abstain
from sexual misconduct.
Precept: I abstain from false speech; I undertake the training of truthful
I undertake the training of kindly speech; I abstain from harsh speech.
I undertake the training of meaningful speech; I abstain from
undertake the training of harmonious speech; I abstain from
I undertake the training of tranquility; I abstain from greed.
Precept: I undertake the training of compassion: I abstain from hatred.
I undertake the training of wisdom: I abstain from self-centered views.