Category Archives: Harmlessness

Taking care with sexuality

I undertake the training rule to abstain from harming living beings; I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not offered; I undertake the training rule to abstain from from sensual misconduct; I undertake the training rule … Continue reading

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Harmlessnes

Staying with the first precept, I undertake the training rule to refrain from harming living beings, we consider a situation many of us would rather look away from, that is, how do we behave around the dying process, our own … Continue reading

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Back to the Beginning

We’ve been covering some lofty ground of late; encouragements (I hope) to deeper mindfulness and wisdom in our lives. These thoughts lead me back to where it all must begin, with our words and actions, our responses to the people … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 3

In the previously posted section of the mettā sutta, the Buddha suggested what we should do if we wish to purify our hearts; in the next section he suggests what we should avoid doing: Let none deceive another, or despise … Continue reading

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Guardians of the world

Sometimes at Buddhist ceremonies, laypeople are given “protection cords”, bracelets made of thread that we are meant to wear until they fall off. If we ask what the cords are protecting us from, the answer most often given is “from … Continue reading

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What is merit?

In many cultures, an essential part of Buddhist practice is “making merit” by doing good works, serving the ordained sangha (monks and nuns), and giving money to worthy (not exclusively Buddhist) organizations. Overwhelmingly, making merit is seen as putting currency … Continue reading

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How to support a suffering friend

When someone we know is ill or suffering a great loss, there are many ways we can help and just as many ways in which we can unconsciously harm. Often when we don’t know what to say, we either avoid … Continue reading

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