From a mystic's point of view, the primary reason for practicing moral precepts is not so much to force upon ourselves certain types of behavior, but rather to bring attention to our inner motivations and habitual patterns of self-centered action so that we can recognize them and let go of them. Thus, the main goal is not so much to change ourselves but to simply notice ourselves. Change and freedom then naturally and spontaneously takes place effortlessly in the space that opens up when self-centered conditioning drops away.

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I vow to practice these ten selfless precepts.

  1. RESPONSIBILITY.
    To take responsibility for my life. Not to blame others for my own unhappiness, nor make excuses for my own mistakes.
  2. SELF-DISCIPLINE.
    To regard each moment as a precious opportunity for spiritual practice. Not to waste time in frivolous pursuits, nor overindulge in drugs, alcohol or escapist entertainments.
  3. HARMLESSNESS.
    Not to injure or kill any being heedlessly or needlessly.
  4. STEWARDSHIP
    Not to waste the resources upon which other beings depend.
  5. HONESTY.
    Not to deceive myself or others by word or deed.
  6. INTEGRITY.
    Not to take what does not belong to me.
  7. HONOR.
    To regard my word as sacred; not to give it lightly but, once given, strive to honor it under all circumstances.
  8. SEXUAL RESTRAINT.
    To make of sex a sacrament; not to profane it in the pursuit of selfish ends.
  9. CHARITY.
    Not to be possessive of people or things, but to give unsparingly of my assets, both material and spiritual, for the alleviation of suffering.
  10. REMEMBRANCE.
    To recite these precepts once a day, renewing my vows and remembering this path which I have freely chosen.
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