Jie 戒 Rules for receiving Daoist Lu 籙 registers: How to walk the way without falling

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( Special thanks to Dr. Michael Saso, Ph.D., for providing this translation )

Jie 戒 Rules for receiving Daoist Lu 籙 registers and meditation lessons

The First Ten Rules or “vows” given to the novice, before receiving the Daoist Master’s instructions (Daoist Master Zhuang, 3rd edition, Ch.5):

1. Banish all hatred, anger, and sadness from the heart; otherwise the powers of the “Yin” Underworld (“3 worms”) will devour the internal organs;
2. Be benevolent and merciful to all living beings;
3. Do good; avoid anything that harms others;
4. Purity includes mind as well as body; banish all impure thoughts;
5. Never speak or think badly of others;
6. Breathing must be calm and regulated, during ritual as well as meditation;
7. Do not put oneself above others, always yield and take the last place;
8. Do not argue or dispute, realize that we are always in “Dao” presence
9. Life breath (Qi 炁) is diminished by seeking good as well as bad things;
10. Keep Zhuangzi’s rule, “fast in the heart, sit with empty mind” 心齋坐忘

Ten vows taken before receiving Daoist Lu Registers from a master: 收錄十戒

1. Do not kill; respect all living things;
2. Do not lust, after another’s wife, or any other person;
3. Do not steal; do not take recompense for teaching Daoism;
4. Do not use force or deceit to achieve one’s way;
5. Do not drink to excess; alcohol is forbidden during Daoist keyi ritual;
6. Treat all men and women as one’s own family;
7. See the good points of everyone; help everyone be joyful;
8. If a person is sad, fill them with good thoughts and blessings;
9. Treat all other as if their needs were your own; never seek revenge;
10. Work that all attain the Dao

The Lu 籙 registers for Daoist “Jiao” 醮 life ritual and “Zhai” 齋 post life/burial ritual, include the meditations of Inner Alchemy

The vows are first found in the 5th-6th century Wushang Biyao 無上必要 Ch 35, in the Daoist Canon, and are also found in “The Teachngs of Taoist Master Chuang” (new 3rd edition, Daoist Master Zhuang), Ch. 5. They also appear as requisite vows to pronounce before receiving the Lu registers in the Longhu Shan ordination manual, (1868 edition) 給籙元科, pg 33b;

Stay gold everyone…

Jie 戒 Rules for receiving Daoist Lu 籙 registers: How to walk the way without falling was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

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