in Daily Life
Heightened attentiveness is not the whole of it, however.
The cultivation of awareness also involves sensitivity to the moral
implications of behavior, our own behavior especially.
Is Buddhist practice for you an opportunity to
not have to think of anybody? Or anything?
Yet Buddhism has always identified moral conduct as one of the three
foundations of spiritual training, as indispensable as meditation and
insight. eightfold path?
Historically the five cardinal precepts—guidelines
to leading mindful lives on the path to awakening—have been presented
as prohibitions not to:
- engage in sex improperly
- misuse intoxicants
Aspirations: mindfulness trainings
Today the precepts
are often presented as aspirations. Thich Nhat Hanh calls these precepts "mindfulness
restates them in positive terms. The above list becomes reverence
for life, generosity, sexual responsibility, deep listening and loving
speech, and diet for a mindful society.
Reflect on the potential of working with
the precepts to point you toward your
natural propensity to take action out of our love and
concern for one another. This is described in
Buddhism as our innate wisdom and goodness; is this a
path that could lead you to wisdom and compassion?
There are many ways to work with the five precepts as mindfulness
Pick a precept, negatively or positively
phrased. Find a well-defined form of self-discipline
that reflects the spirit of the chosen precept. Then
follow that practice for a full week.
For example, to
carry out generosity, resolve to give freely of your
time to those who need it. As an exercise in loving speech,
decide not to gossip. Or, in the spirit of the fifth
precept, vow to avoid unmindful consumption of magazines,
television, and movies.