Category Archives: Harmlessness

Right Livelihood

The last of the three factors in the “ethical living” portion of the Eightfold Path is Right Livelihood. This is a down-to-earth, practical consideration. For many of us work is our primary interaction with other people and so may have … Continue reading

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Right Action – the social contract

The second of the three factors in the “ethical” or “morality” section of the Eightfold Path is Right Action. For laypeople (that’s us) this refers to the five precepts: “I undertake the training rule to… refrain from killing, refrain from … Continue reading

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How to care

In his book Don’t Push, Ajahn Amaro tells the moving story of his mother’s final illness and shares a useful lesson. Ajahn Amaro’s sister took their mother, Mrs. Horner, to a doctor when her skin color turned odd, which the … Continue reading

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Responding vs reacting

Further to our conversation in the past few posts, here is a clarifying question and answer from Ajahn Amaro’s book, “I’m Right, You’re Wrong!”: Question: Going back to the story about the monk, if someone is harming others, when, how … Continue reading

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Why we quarrel

Monks, wherever monks take to arguing and quarreling and fall into a dispute, stabbing each other with piercing words, I am uneasy even about directing my attention there, let alone about going there. I conclude about them: ‘Surely, those venerable … Continue reading

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Showing we care

Giving, endearing speech, beneficent conduct, and impartiality under diverse worldly conditions, as is suitable to fit each case: these means of embracing others are like the linchpin of a rolling chariot. – – from AN 4:32, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi … Continue reading

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Wise intentions

[The Buddha responded:] “Here, monk, a wise person of great wisdom does not intend for his own affliction, or for the affliction of others, or for the affliction of both. Rather, when he plans, he plans for his own welfare, … Continue reading

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