How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 4)

August 31, 2020   |   6 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 11:38

Hello wonderful Open Heart Project.

I hope you and your loved ones are well and staying strong during this time of pain and anxiety–and possibility.

How do we stay sane as we ride these intense waves? In the Buddhist view, there are eight ways to preserve your sanity for your own benefit and to bring more goodness to the world around you. This is known as the noble eight fold path. The first step is right view, then right intention, followed by right speech.

This week, we look at right action. (You don’t have to go back and listen from the beginning, you can just jump in here if you like.) Right action has to do with moral behavior. Moral behavior in Buddhism is no different than in other wisdom traditions: no killing, no stealing, no lying, no inappropriate sexual behavior and no abuse of alcohol or drugs. These behaviors are also known as the five precepts. Each day is a chance to renew one’s commitment to the precepts. Each day is a clean slate. Please have a listen to this short talk before our meditation to hear a bit more about each precept and how you can hold them in a way that is both intentional and gentle.

Love, Susan

P.S. At the end of this week’s video, I mention an upcoming workshop: Learn the Enneagram. This LIVE program is September 5th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ET. The workshop is $20, but if you’d like to set up a one-to-one 20-minute session with me to discuss your enneagram questions, the workshop with the session is $70. Hope to see you there! It’s basically my favorite subject. Find out more here.

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  • Posted by:  Kristina

    Such a good Speech! So helpful and with distinct touch 🙏

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan, Right Action, Even though it’s Tuesday Afternoon, Right Action, for me is to acknowledge your talk, &, Guided Meditation, without any “Preconceived Perceptions” This also is the Truth for me when I’m among my Fellows ! When I Stop, or Begin my day sincerely looking at These Precepts, (behaviors), & where I’ve Landed Physically, &, Spiritually, when I completely Ignored them, I am made Aware Again of My Truths, &, The Clean Slate I’m Given Each New Day, &, at times during the course of a Day. Be Well Thank You !

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So much kindness from this one comment! Thank you, Kevin. <3 S

  • Posted by:  carlie karouw

    Thank You.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome.

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