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Idiot's Guides: Zen Living by Domyo Sater Burk

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CHAPTER6

Precepts: The Zen Moral Code

In This Chapter

  • The relationship between Zen and morality
  • Reasons to be careful about your actions
  • Practicing with a moral code
  • The ten Zen precepts

The ideas about Zen in popular culture rarely include the important role moral behavior plays in Zen practice. In fact, many people are familiar with Zen only through fictional characters and the occasional story about an iconoclastic Zen master, and the impression they might get from this is that Zen is very individualistic and above petty concerns like moral behavior. Add to this the fact that there is no deity in Zen ready to reward or punish your deeds, ...

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