Zen Rules

Soyen Shaku (January 10, 1860 – October 29, 1919) is noted as the first Zen Buddhist priest to come to the United States. Shaku followed a list of rules that he set for himself and lived by each day, until his passing at the age of 59.

1. In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.

2. Retire at a regular hour.

3. Partake of food at regular intervals. Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.

4. Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone. When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.

5. Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.

6. When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you by, yet always think twice before acting.

7. Do not regret the past. Look to the future.

8. Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.

9. Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep

10. Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes