Precepts become the wonderful gates by which Eternal Love can
manifest itself through us, helping us avoid creating
suffering, fear and despair and bring into being joy,
understanding, and peace into our world. By practicing these
Precepts, we help manifest the Pure Land (Enlightened Reality)
in our world and acknowledge our gratitude to Amida for her
gift of Universal Life.
Essentially, practicing these
Five Precepts is putting wisdom, love and compassion into
action. They are a witness of our respect, compassion and love
for all life, as we become active participants in building the
Realm of Nirvana here on Earth.
For the sake of all
beings, we should recite or read them regularly and practice
them always. The following is a 21st Century version, adapted
by the Vietnamese-born Thich Nhat Hanh.