Right Action is closely linked with the Five Mindfulness trainings. The First Training is about reverence for life: "Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating 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, and in my way of life." We may be killing every day by the way we eat, drink, and use the land, air, and water. We think that we don't kill, but we do. Mindfulness of action helps us be aware so we can stop the killing and begin saving and helping.

Thich Nhat Hanh in The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh


To Practice This Thought:
Make an assessment of your activities, being aware of any killing in your thinking and way of life. Then recite the training about reverence for life.


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