- I resolve not to kill, but to cherish all life.
- I resolve not take what is not given, but to respect the things of others.
- I resolve not engage in improper sexuality, but to lead a life of purity and self- restraint.
- I resolve not to lie, but to speak the truth.
- I resolve not to cause others to take substances that confuse the mind, nor to do so myself, but to keep my mind clear.
- I resolve not to speak of the faults of others, but to be understanding and sympathetic.
- I resolve not to praise myself and disparage others, but overcome my own shortcomings.
- I resolve not to withhold spiritual or material aid, but give them freely where needed.
- I resolve not to indulge in anger, but to exercise control.
- I resolve not to revile the Three Treasures-Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha-but to cherish and uphold them.
From: Lotus in the Fire: The healing Power of Zen. Written by: Jim Bedard
There are special ceremonies for taking refuge with the Three Refuges and the Ten Precepts. (For a Buddhist, taking refuge is the first step on the path to enlightenment. Even if enlightenment is not achieved in this life, one has a better chance to become enlightened in a future life.)