Introduction: A Collection of Rules

Be someone who abides by the rules. If you don't follow the rules, you will have to undergo the retribution of being abnormal in the future.

- Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

In the Sixth Patriarch Sutra, the Master said,

You say, "I donít want to be attached. In fact, I donít want to follow the rules. After all, the rules are just an attachment." Wrong! If you can cast away your grasping mind and be unattached, you should be unattached to what is wrong, but you should not be unattached to what is right. For example, if you follow the rules, you can become a Buddha. But if you think, "I am not attached. I donít have to follow the rules," then you cannot become a Buddha.

Go down the right road.
Retreat from the wrong one.

Do not be attached to principles that are in opposition to the Way, but grasp and hold tightly to those principles that are in accord with it.

In view of the importance of rules, we present here a collection of various rules taught by the Venerable Master.