Dwell not on the faults
and shortcomings of others;
instead, seek clarity
about your own.
This month, I am contemplating the sixth grave precept in Zen Buddhism as part of my training at NYZCCC. I am finding it to be the most painful to look at in just how habitual the mind’s judgments still are, and how externally-focused the lens is as well.
More words on this admonition:
Bodhidharma: Self-nature is subtle and mysterious. In the realm of the flawless Dharma, not expounding upon error is called the Precept of Not Speaking of Faults of Others.
Dogen Zenji: In the Buddha Dharma, there is one path, one Dharma, one realization, one practice. Don’t permit fault-finding. Don’t permit haphazard talk.
Zen Peacemakers: Unconditionally accepting what each moment has to offer. This is the precept of Not Talking About Others Errors And Faults.(Thanks to The Village Zendo)
I will be posting additional verses from the Dhammapada this week for reflection.