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.
Can you share the ways you relate to reverence for life in your own practice and experience? Do not think of this question in terms of “right” or “wrong” answers–just articulate how you personally understand the First Mindfulness Training, how it has helped you gain clarity in your practice, and how you might further your own understanding of reverence for life.
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