‘These vows are not something we promise just when we’re sitting in the zendo or after we choose to be ordained. Maintaining them in our daily interactions in society is the most important thing we can do with our lives.
The Buddha lived humbly, not caught on fashion, wearing rags and eating sparingly, giving anything extra to others in need. Only a small handful can live an ordained life, but whether we’re ordained or not, we can vow to live humbly for all people. This is our true way of living our repentance.’ (Not One Single Thing)