Abhaya-cariya (Fearless Conduct) – A Code of Buddhist Chivalry


  1. May my speech be ever pleasant, never belittling or disparaging, even in disagreement.
  2. May I protect and care for all living beings, a shield to the vulnerable and a friend to the downtrodden.
  3. May I confess my shortcomings and seek forgiveness for any harm I have done.
  4. May I welcome adversity with joy, recognizing it as an unparalleled means for training the heart.
  5. May I give once a day as a practice of generosity, renunciation and compassion.
  6. May I refrain from intentionally exposing myself to any media that inflame lust, hatred or delusion.
  7. May I practice humility and modesty, concealing my virtues and practices from others.
  8. May I seek out and wholeheartedly engage with situations and people that I find difficult and troublesome.
  9. May I give whatever is asked of me as long as it causes no harm.
  10. May I immediately forgive any harm done to me and ask forgiveness of those I have harmed.
  11. May I completely accept all criticism, knowing it is the result of my past kamma.
  12. May I not complain about or find fault with any situation or person.


  1. Good luck with these! I follow the Soto Zen Tradition. The main monastery is Shasta Abbey but I live in the UK where we have monasteries affiliated. Lay followers have a set of Ten Great Precepts we try and apply to our lives. Also the 3 Pure Precepts: Cease from causing harm, Do only good and Do Good for others!
    There is also a Theravada Forest Sangha monastery called Ratanagiri, (Harnham )30mins drive away which I sometimes visit. http://www.ratanagiri.org.uk

    • Thank Erik! I love Ajahn Munindo and I also sometimes practice with a Soto Zen group so am familiar with the 16 Bodhisattva precepts as well. Every good blessing to you!

  2. Small world! Have you met Ajahn Munindo? His book of talks, Unexpected Freedom, is on my list of best Buddhist Books! Metta, Eric

    • I have not yet had the pleasure but I have a new book on my list.

  3. Reading it at a time of emotional turmoil was a great solace.

  4. Hi Mike,
    These look great. Where are they from?
    With metta,

    • Ben,

      Largely from Bhante G’s Eight Lifetime Precepts although the others I have more or less made up for myself to help me work on the weaker areas of my practice. Thanks for taking the time to read them!

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