Action means that our behavior is ethical, honorable, and responsible. Right Action comes naturally from Right
Thought, since our actions are a direct expression of our thoughts.
physical actions are based upon our mental volition or will. When our minds and hearts are
overwhelmed with greed (attachment), anger (aversion), or delusion (ignorance) we have the strong tendency to
engage in unwholesome, non-virtuous actions. Whenever these mental and emotional states arise, we should face
them, observe them objectively, embrace them, and understand them as impermanent and being the cause of
suffering. This brings insight, wisdom, and Right Action.
in accord with Right Action, we are always compassionate, generous, nonviolent, and peaceful. We abstain from
unwholesome behavior such as destroying life, taking what is not given (stealing), sexual misconduct, and
dealing with others in hurtful or dishonest ways. We live a life of honesty, being always conscientious, with a
heart full of sympathy, desiring the welfare of all living beings. To the best of our ability, we support others
in leading a peaceful, nonviolent, and honorable life as well.
Right Action we cultivate ethical conduct (personal integrity), and establish the essential foundation of the
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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