In a Buddhist monastery, monks treat the guideline of not taking what is not given with utmost seriousness. Monks do not take the razor, book, robe, or begging bowl of another monk without securing permission first. It is a discipline in letting go, in patience, and in waiting for something to be available.

Christopher Titmuss in Light on Enlightenment by Christopher Titmuss


To Practice This Thought:
Be careful not to take what is not given to you. Observe the effect of this practice on your ability to be patient.


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