|I met Sensei in 1992 at UCLA, and have been his determined student and close friend ever since. At the temple, we edited his book Wakeful which I later self-published, and a couple years later I received precepts as a Buddhist teacher (Dhammacari) and lay minister (Bodhicari) with the dharma name “Bodhi”. I sat with him meditating hour-after-hour in the old garage meditation hall. I got his message. We spent years enjoying meditation, talking about life the world and the self, and traveling in casual search for aranya (a wilderness for meditation). After his retirement a couple of us watched out for him with regard to his residence, medical concerns, etc. until he crossed over peacefully on 11/8/2022. Over the years, I’ve been sharing the message with students in Encinitas, Dana Point, and Zoom. Please visit my meditation practice website and feel free to join us.
Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
I undertake the precept …to refrain from killing.
Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from stealing.
Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
… to refrain from sexual misconduct.
Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from lying.
Pisunavaca veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from backbiting.
Pharusavaca veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from using harsh or abusive speech.
Samphappalapa veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from idle conversation.
Sura meraya majja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from intoxicants.
Miccha ajiva veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to refrain from wrong livelihood.
Sabba sattesu metta sahagatena cetasa viharana sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to live with loving-kindness to all living beings.
Yavajivam aham ratanattayam na niggahessami samadarena tam garukarissamiti sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to not revile the Three Treasures but cherish and uphold them.
Karun upaya kosalla pariggahita dasaparami paripurana sikkhapadam samadiyami.
…to practise the Ten Perfections with compassion and skill.