Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 2. Ordinary Routine

Section 2. Mindfulness in Daily Life

1. One should make it a rule to arise in the morning and retire at night at appropriate times, and to take food, keep cleanliness, work, and rest at suitable times. One should act in our daily affairs in an orderly way.
2. One should wash one's faces and brush one's teeth every day, and bathe and launder one's clothes at appropriate times to keep ourselves always clean.
3. One should look around the home, the garden, and one's neighborhoods to keep our surroundings clean and to keep frequently used items in good order.
4. When one has available time, one should study and prepare for all things and affairs in advance by observing the circumstances of the application.
5. One should always cautious even when alone; one should be discreet and not be negligent or inattentive.
6. When we are attending on parents, teachers, or seniors, one should inquire after their health at an appropriate time and place, observe good manners, and sincerely carry out what they ask.
7. To one's mentors one should properly and courteously report about one's destinations when going out and greet our mentors when coming back. To close persons even though they are one's subordinates, one should inform them of going out and the destination.
8. Every night before going to bed and every morning after rising one should offer a prayer of reverence (Section 4, Chapter 2, Part 3. Rites and Rituals of the Other) withe sincerity and constancy. After praying at night, and before going to bed, one should check the functioning of one's mind and body for that day, for about ten minutes by keeping a diary or by questioning oneself about one's daily mindfulness and unmindfulness.
9. One should not forget the teaching: Everywhere a Buddha Image, Every Act a Buddha Offering, Timeless Sŏn, and Placeless Sŏn. One should always keep the mind of reverence in myriad of sensory conditions.