Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wild Goose Precepts



(Precepts are meant as directions, or a rule of action or conduct.  They are, simply, teachings we hold to be true.)These precepts are used by the Order of St. Josaphat and The Order of the Wild Goose


    Refuge in Christ, Buddha, and Krishna (Refuge in God)

    Refuge in the Gospel, the Dharma, and the Gita (Refuge in His Truth and Teachings)

    Refuge in the Order, the Sangha, and the Ashram (Refuge in the community of like-believing people)


    Love God with your whole heart, mind, strength, and will. (The four yogas or disciplines: bhakti or devotion, jinana or

        study,hatha or meditation, and karma or deeds)

    Love others as you love yourself.

    Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

    Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.

    The Spirit of God inhabits all sentient beings.


    Life outside the Spirit of God is suffering.

    Suffering is caused by desires contrary to the Spirit of God.

    The cessation of suffering is possible.

    The extinction of desires contrary to the Spirit of God leads to the cessation of suffering.

    Suffering is ultimately overcome by self-sacrifice; that is, by giving of yourself to others.


    The path to Nirvana, the Kingdom of Heaven, and Samadhi consists of:

        Knowing there is only One God, called by many names;

        Holding a right view of the nature of reality;

        Placing no thing before the One God;

        Honoring the names of the One God;

        Setting aside time for devotion to the One God; stilling the mind;

        Contemplating the divine virtues (lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy)

        Respecting parents, venerating ancestors, and remembering history;

        Not earning a living which is contrary to the Spirit of God or the path;

        Refraining from killing;

        Not engaging in adultery; holding right thought, free from sensuous desire, ill-will, and cruelty;

        Not stealing; not craving or desiring to possess what does not belong to you whether person or property;

        Not bearing false witness; abstaining from harsh, vulgar words, words delivered in anger, slurs,

           gossip, and idle chatter;

        Developing compassionate motivations.


Being a Cadhan monk is not about belonging to a specific religion or denomination.  It is not about living in a monastery or separated from the world.  It is not about taking vows or wearing a particular habit or robes.


Being a Cadhan monk is a matter of having a monastic heart; that is, living simply and humbly in the ever-presence of the One God and following His Spirit, which is already within you.

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