If one regards oneself to be superior, alike, or inferior by reason of the body that is impermanent, painful and subject to change, this is not seeing reality as it is. If one regards oneself to be superior, alike, or inferior by reason of feelings, perceptions, volitions, or consciousness, this is not seeing reality as it is. If one does not regard […]
With wholeness of heart
remember the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
Do not overlook the power of the interaction
between the Buddha’s compassion and your aspiration.
With wholeness of heart entrust yourself to the Dharma you revere.
Do not denounce the teachings followed by others.
With wholeness of heart awaken the realization of equality.
Do not engage in discriminative thinking.
With wholeness of heart give rise to compassion.
Do not be indifferent to the sorrows of others.
With wholeness of heart disclose a gentle countenance.
Do not manifest anger and intolerance.
With wholeness of heart dwell firmly in humility’s insights.
Do not arouse a spirit of arrogance.
With wholeness of heart discern the sources of impurity.
Do not generate a mind that cherishes attachments.
With wholeness of heart contemplate the reality of impermanence.
Do not awaken thoughts of greed and craving.
With wholeness of heart rectify your own faults.
Do not revile others for their transgressions.
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I vow to refrain from killing. I shall not kill, cause others to kill, or approve of anyone killing sentient beings. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon killing.
I vow to refrain from taking what is not freely given. I shall not take, cause others to take, or approve of anyone taking what is not freely given. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon taking what is not freely given.
I vow to refrain from sexual misconduct. I shall not engage, cause others to engage, or approve of anyone engaging in sexual misconduct. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon sexual misconduct.
I vow to refrain from harmful speech. I shall not harm, cause others to harm, or approve of anyone harming sentient beings through lying, divisive speech, harsh and abusive words, and idle chatter. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon harmful speech.
I vow to refrain from intoxication, leading to carelessness…
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The Dharma teaches that the manifestation of a consequence requires the confluence of multiple causes and conditions. Wrong views, afflicted emotions (attachment, aversion, and indifference), and the habits and tendencies that impel us to act in ways that are unskillful or undesirable constitute the fundamental causes of unbeneficial actions. The conditions that favor such conducts include material circumstances, similarly-inclined company, and situations.
If we desire to avoid those habitual tendencies, it is essential that we avoid conducive conditions for its manifestation. A well-known example is that of a person with alcoholic tendencies, who must avoid proximity and access to alcohol (material circumstances), persons with similar conducts (company), and those events in which this behavior is normative (situations).
We can successfully apply this strategy to all unskillful tendencies, identifying and avoiding the triggers that favor the repetition of any conduct we may wish to eliminate.