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Precepts in Daoism

Cheng Bohan


In Daoism, adherents often embrace Precepts as a foundational aspect of their spiritual journey, seeking to nurture their connection with the Dao and lead a more harmonious life.

Within the Daoist tradition, a multitude of Precepts exists, each serving as a guiding principle on the path of Dao cultivation. These include well-known sets like the Five Precepts, the Nine True and Wonderful Precepts, and the Beginner Ten Precepts, among others. These Precepts offer Daoists a moral and ethical framework to navigate life's complexities.

Daoists typically receive Precepts from their Shifu (spiritual teacher) or other experienced Daoist Masters. Upon receiving the Precepts, they are presented with a Sacred Precepts Document, serving as tangible evidence of their commitment. These Precepts aren't merely guidelines; they become guardians of a Daoist's daily existence, shaping their actions and decisions.

Some of these Precepts encompass abstaining from specific behaviors such as consuming alcohol, engaging in sexual activities, or partaking in the consumption of animal products. These guidelines promote physical and ethical purity, aligning with the Daoist principle of living in harmony with nature.

Others delve deeper into internal practices, focusing on meditation, mindfulness, and spiritual growth. The choice of Precepts varies from one Daoist to another, depending on their personal spiritual goals and the guidance of their Shifu.

By embracing these Precepts, Daoists aim to harmonize their inner and outer worlds, forging a deeper connection with the Dao – the fundamental principle that underlies all existence. Through these ethical and spiritual guidelines, Daoists endeavor to lead lives that resonate with the natural order and promote personal transformation on their journey towards Dao.


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