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Ahimsa and Right Action

From: Miriam
Sent on: Friday, October 22, 2010 8:17 AM
Ahimsa, do no harm, is a frequent theme in many religions. From the Jesus's instructions to turn the other cheek to the Jain tradition to avoid eating garlic and root vegetables because of the bugs they kill, abstaining from harm can take on many different guises when it comes to action.

In the Buddhist tradition, this precept is addressed early on within the eightfold path, specifically within Right Action it is the first of five precepts: "to abstain from harming sentient beings, especially to abstain from taking life (including suicide) and doing harm intentionally or delinquently".

Or you can find it in the Dhammapada more poetically:

Do no harm,
Do only good,
Purify your intentions,
This is the teaching of all Buddhas
- Dhammapada 1:83

At this meetup we'll spend the first hour reviewing the four noble truths and the eight fold path just to put this precept in perspective. The second hour we'll dive deeper into the precepts of Right Action (because each step of the path could easily take an hour to explore) and noble truths just to put this in perspective then move on to focus on this precept and the other four if we have time.

If there is a translation or interpretation of the precepts that inspires you (or that you have questions about) please bring it to share and discuss with the group.

Specifically we'll review differences in several translations and interpretations and discuss how relevant the precepts are in today's world. If they relevant, how would you or do you apply them?

For more details, see the full listing: Ahimsa and Right Action

When: Thursday, November 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Common Roots Cafe
2558 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

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