Thay, the World Bank, and Reverence for Life

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This Thursday evening, after our meditation, we will begin our program with a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and focus our discussion on the First Training, Reverence for Life. Like the teachings at the World Bank, the training encourages us to to align our awareness, understanding, commitments, and daily actions.

You are invited to join us. The text of The First Mindfulness Training is below.

Warm wishes,

Mitchell Ratner

Mondays, September 16 – November 18, 2013. Smiling like a Buddha: A Ten-Session Mindfulness Meditation Class

Saturday, September 28, 2013. Mindful Families Feast.

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2013. Settling Into Silence: Still Water Practice Retreat


The First Mindfulness Training

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, 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.