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This is the Fourteenth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Lay members may not be celibate whereas monastics members are and so there are two versions of this training. For lay members: Aware that sexual desire is not love and that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot dissipate the feeling of loneliness…

Read More The Fourteenth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: True Love

This is the Thirteenth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, we are committed to cultivating generosity in our way of thinking, speaking, and acting. We will practice loving kindness by working for the happiness of people, animals, plants, and minerals,…

Read More The Thirteenth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Generosity

This is the Twelfth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are determined to cultivate nonviolence, compassion, and the insight of interbeing in our daily lives and promote peace education, mindful mediation, and reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups,…

Read More The Twelfth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Reverence for Life

This is the Tenth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the realization of understanding and compassion, we are determined not to use the Buddhist community for personal power or profit, or transform our community into a political instrument. As members of a…

Read More The Tenth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha

This is the Ninth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that words can create happiness or suffering, we are committed to learning to speak truthfully, lovingly and constructively. We will use only words that inspire joy, confidence and hope as well as promote reconciliation and peace in ourselves and among other…

Read More The Ninth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Truthful and Loving Speech

This is the Eighth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that lack of communication always brings separation and suffering, we are committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate listening and loving speech. Knowing that true community is rooted in inclusiveness and in the concrete practice of the harmony of…

Read More The Eighth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: True Community and Communication

This is the Seventh of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that life is available only in the present moment, we are committed to training ourselves to live deeply each moment of daily life. We will try not to lose ourselves in dispersion or be carried away by regrets about the past,…

Read More The Seventh of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment

This is the Sixth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are committed to taking care of the energy of anger when it arises, and to recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When anger manifests, we are…

Read More The Sixth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Taking Care of Anger

This is the Fifth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that true happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom, and compassion, we are determined not to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying nor to take as the aim of our life fame, power, wealth, or sensual pleasure, which can…

Read More The Fifth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Compassionate, Healthy Living

This is the Fourth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us develop understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to suffering with the energy of mindfulness. We will do our best…

Read More The Fourth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Awareness of Suffering

This is the Third of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our views on others, we are determined not to force others, even our children, by any means whatsoever – such as authority, threat, money, propaganda, or indoctrination – to adopt our views. We…

Read More The Third of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Freedom of Thought

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The Order of Interbeing ( Tiếp Hiện (接现) Order) was founded in the mid 1960’s, in Vietnam, by Thich Nhat Hanh (a.k.a. Thay). The basis of the Order are the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings which lay out the core principles for lay and monastic life. In 1987 Thay published a thin volume in English containing the 14…

Read More Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism

This is the Second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We are committed to learning and practicing non-attachment to views and being open to others’ experiences and…

Read More The Second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Non-Attachement to Views

This is the eleventh of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing: Aware that great violence and injustice have been done to our environment and society, we are committed not to live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. We will do our best to select a livelihood that contributes…

Read More Eleventh Mindfulness Training: Right Livelihood

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This is by way of a note to self. I’ll look back on it as a told-you-so in some form. Maybe with regrets maybe not. This is why I am voting Yes. 1) Trident Nuclear Missiles: I am ideologically opposed to renewing our nuclear weapons system. I don’t think it is morally defensible for us…

Read More Why I am voting Yes in the Scottish Independence Referendum

At Auchmithie, a photo by National Galleries of Scotland Commons on Flickr. I find this shot from the National Galleries collection strangely moving. It was taken in 1881 up the coast from Dundee. The older girl (a working women really) is wearing the apron of someone who processes fish (probably gutting them). She is wondering…

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