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The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism


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By Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (From the book Interbeing)

1. Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. …

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

2 thoughts on “The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

  1. Hi,

    Thay’s (Thich Nhat Hanh’s) book – The Heart of Understanding is the best explanation on the Heart Sutra and interbeing. It is pure poetry.

    And the Buddhist insistence on their religion only being a finger pointing at the moon is one of the main reasons why there have been no wars fought in the name of the Buddhist religion unlike Christianity or Islam.



    There are those in Indonesia and Sri Lanka who might take exception to your last statement, as well as some who remember WW II. We can agree, however, that the Buddhist philosophy is not warlike. What leaders choose to do with it to further warlike ends has nothing to do with Dharma.

    I agree about Thäy’s book. However, “best” is a bit strong (as he would be the first to point out).

  2. I remember reading these in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book. I should have made a list such as this. Now I have. Thank you.

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