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'THE USUI PRECEPTS'
These are the most important part of Usui sensei's Teachings.
Below are the original Precepts
The secret of inviting happiness through many blessings
The spiritual medicine for all illness
For today only: Do not anger - Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Be compassionate to yourself and others
Do gassho every morning and evening
Keep in your mind and recite.
The student was given the precepts as a first teaching and told to
meditate on them to gain insight into the true meaning.
They are the students first spiritual teachings and were to be followed in his/her life.
By practicing these Precepts the person would start on their own path to spiritual awakening.
They show us not only the causes of suffering but also what can be
the result of suffering.
By allowing us to practice the mindful way of living without attachment to outcomes, we create harmony / balance within ourselves.
This process like the ripples within a still pond influences those around us.
Humility, compassion, and honesty are all just aspects of the mindful, non/attached way of living.
They originally come from Precepts used in 9th century Japanese Buddhism, Usui changed them to read as shown above. Regarding dates for when he introduced the present precepts into his teachings, it is known that he was teaching them at least as early as 1915, living proof of this exists. The precepts at that time did not include the first two lines and last two lines.
I should add here that these teachings are open for anyone to learn
regardless of religious beliefs etc.
This is the very heart of Usui's teachings and a very Japanese Buddhist way of looking at life.
For today only - This means 'now' - in this moment.
Do not anger - Do not worry - These apply to the causes and origins of 'suffering' (dukka) the First and Second Noble Truths - Anguish. (Life is Suffering)
To realise these Sufferings and its Causes we have to change our lives by gaining insight and acting upon it.
Be humble - Understanding and Letting Go of Attachments and Craving.
Be honest in your work - You now have to work at this understanding. Everyone has within themselves the ability to heal/save (themselves), but to realise this we have to work at it. We must be dilligent.
Be compassionate to yourself and others - This is just the start we must now practice. Gaining wisdom.
This practice starts at the beginning and end of each day by reciting and meditating on these Precepts.
Usui did not devise his Precepts as something to simply believe in but as something to practice and to bring change in our daily life.
Included within this training would be Waka Poetry (Gyosei) for calming and clearing the mind..