Buddhism, Intro to Noble Eightfold Path #4: Right Action - Ajahn Dhammasiha
THis is the 4th installment of our series on the Noble Eightfold Path, 'Right Action' ('Sammā-Kammanto').
(1) We abstain from intentionally killing any living beings, and instead act with kindness, compassion and empathy
(2) We abstain from taking what is not given (theft), and instead practice generosity and contentment with what we can afford
(3) We abstain from any form of sensual misconduct like adultory and abuse. Instead, we are faithful to our partners, and practice sensual restraint
(4) We abstain from taking alcohal or any intoxicants that cause carelessness, diminish shame and conscience, and weaken mindfulness. Instead, we act mindfully, with full awareness and clear comprehension
Once our mind is well established in Right View & Right Intention, our actions will become natural external expressions of the inner attitude of letting go, kindness, harmlessness & compassion; and will be informed by our understanding of future karmic results of our deeds.