Archive for August 2011

Reverence for Life

Our focus for the group for the next five weeks are the five mindfuness trainings of Thich Nhat Hanh, starting this week with  “Reverence for Life”.

From Barry (excerpted from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings):

Reverence for Life

Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, or in my way of life. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world.