Vows from the 9th century

From the 9th century this fragment reveals a link between the earliest Tibetan pre-Buddhist philosophy and has some rules to live by.

Bon, or also referred to as the “Religion of Men” or the “Practice of Virtue”. Here are some rules or vows that could be read on the few fragments that could be found. Wonderfully simple and surprisingly concise and I think quite humorous.

1. Do not perform sexual intercourse with relatives.
2. Do not kill any sentient being.
3. Avoid quarrels with the malicious, the angry and the stupid.
4. Rely on spells for a multitude of joys.
I have no arguments here. What do You think?

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2 Responses to Vows from the 9th century

  1. admin says:

    Vows to live by in a modern world?
    What do you think?

  2. GWB says:

    I know what these vows refer to …

    1.”Do not perform sexual intercourse with relatives”
    is meant to separate Tibetans from people in South Central Los Angeles for whom “You mutha-fucka” is a known term of affection.

    2.”Do not kill any sentient being”
    is an obvious slap at McDonalds.

    3.”Avoid quarrels with the malicious, the angry and the stupid”
    is from an internal Democratic Party memo to steer clear of town hall meetings.

    4.”Rely on spells for a multitude of joys”
    the name of a popular Tibetan spellchecker.

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