The Four Virtues of Bodhidaoism

Wisdom, love, courage, and balance are the core virtues of Bodhidaoism, and they are the four goals for which we should aim.

From the updated Twelve Principles, we read:

My first goal is to develop the virtue of wisdom, that I may have perspective, insight, and discernment into the true nature of reality, and thereby make good decisions.

My second goal is to develop the virtue of love, that I may seek the highest good of all beings in thought, word, and deed, without prejudice or bias.

My third goal is to develop the virtue of courage, that I may patiently face the challenges of life, with its pain, loss, danger, impermanence, and uncertainty.

My fourth goal is to develop the virtue of balance, that I may be healthy in body and tranquil in mind, learning to flow with the rhythms of life.

For a copy of the complete Twelve Principles, please visit the Bodhidaoist website:

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is an IT professional, an ordained Humanist minister, and a Certified and Accredited Meditation Teacher.