365 Days for Travelers: Aug 12

SONG OF SEVEN ADMONITIONS

When will social issues come to an end?
Purifying people’s minds is most important.
If we follow the Seven Admonitions,
then we know that chaos will disappear.

By abstaining from smoking and drugs, we protect
our lives. Health and longevity is our goal.
If we can abstain from smoking and drugs,
both our families and society will improve.

By abstaining from brothels, there is no defilement.
Couples will stay in love until the end of their lives.
For teen prostitutes, we will protect and help them.
This is the bodhisattva path.

By abstaining from violence, there is no anger,
And harmony and courtesy will prevail everywhere.
If we are tolerant, we can yield
And create a space in order to enjoy good results.

By abstaining from stealing, contentment and joy will follow.
By following this precept, we will be prosperous.
Having possessions cannot compare
with knowing how to enjoy what we have.

By abstaining from gambling, we overcome greed.
If we indulge in gambling,
we are seized by the possibility of making more money.
Thus we stay awake at night to gamble,
sleep during the day, and do non-productive work.
Even if we win money, we will eventually lose our
spouses and children.

By abstaining from alcohol and not getting drunk,
we keep a clear mind.
With a clear understanding, our bodies will be
healthy. This is the key to having a happy family.

By abstaining from harsh words, we avoid gossip.
Giving words of encouragement is a wonderful
method of avoiding gossip.
By simply giving people joy and praise,
the fragrance of the lotus will be everywhere.

To raise life’s standards, we need to remember the
Seven Admonitions. A Buddha’s Light Pure Land
relies on everyone working together in a positive way.