TNH's 14 precepts of engaged Buddhism

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TNH's 14 precepts of engaged Buddhism

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https://www.lionsroar.com/the-fourteen- ... -buddhism/

The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

1. Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

2. Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

3. Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness.

4. Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering, including personal contact, visits, images, and sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.

5. Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life Fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

6. Do not maintain anger or hatred. Learn to penetrate and transform them when they are still seeds in your consciousness. As soon as they arise, turn your attention to your breath in order to see and understand the nature of your hatred.

7. Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment. Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing both inside and around you. Plant seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in yourself in order to facilitate the work of transformation in the depths of your consciousness.

8. Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

9. Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things of which you are not sure. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

10. Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

11. Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realize your ideal of compassion.

12. Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.

13. Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others, but prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other species on Earth.

14. Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. (For brothers and sisters who are not monks and nuns:) Sexual expression should not take place without love and commitment. In sexual relationships, be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.
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Finding balance between this:
DNS wrote: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:36 amDo not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.
and this:
Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice.....
can be tricky. By all appearances, it was an ongoing issue at DW.
Engaged Buddhism - A movement within Buddhism which puts emphasis on taking affirmative actions within one's community to address manifest human suffering such as poverty, hunger, environmental harm, and public health issues.
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Seems like tnh's 14 precepts mesh nicely with the definition:
Engaged Buddhism: Buddhism when its doctrines or principles are applied to social issues.
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chownah wrote: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:55 am Seems like tnh's 14 precepts mesh nicely with the definition:
Engaged Buddhism: Buddhism when its doctrines or principles are applied to social issues.
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To me, it looks more about alleviating suffering; perhaps the term 'social' could be there, if you use it as 'social action' rather than 'social issues.'
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DNS wrote: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:40 pm
chownah wrote: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:55 am Seems like tnh's 14 precepts mesh nicely with the definition:
Engaged Buddhism: Buddhism when its doctrines or principles are applied to social issues.
chownah
To me, it looks more about alleviating suffering; perhaps the term 'social' could be there, if you use it as 'social action' rather than 'social issues.'
The social issue here is "what to do about suffering"......
I can see that perhaps "social issues" does not capture the full scope of engaged buddhism for some people based on the way they interpret that term....especially with respect to "issues". For instance if I see a hungry dog and feed it this might be seen as engaged buddhism while there is no real "issue" involved in my actions other than "here is a hungry dog". I'm not sure if a situation like that should be considered engaged buddhism or not. For those who think it should I ask: If me feeding a hungry dog is an example of engaged buddhism then should ALL acts motivated by compassion be considered engaged buddhism? On the other side, if I was to go to the city council and suggest to them that they appropriate money to start an office of "Stray Animal Welfare" which among other things feed hungry dogs then I think this very clearly could be considered engaged buddhism.....other people might disagree with how I am viewing this and would be glad to hear their opinions.
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Just as a thought-experiment or idealisation ...

If the dharma thoroughly permeates John Citizen's life, all his thoughts and actions are presumably Buddhist thoughts and actions. If his thoughts and actions engage with the world (i.e. he is not sitting on the cushion) they are presumably Engaged Buddhist actions.

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At that level, there is no ethical difference between feeding the stray dog and approaching the council to set up an animal shelter.

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Have not compared word by word, but this 2012 revision of the precepts differs from the one in OP. It is even titled Mindfulness Trainings:

https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-pra ... trainings/
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