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Dharmabyte: Abstention from Violence – Love

On Thu, 1 July, 2021 - 06:00
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How can we decide between right and wrong? The Eastern criterion of ethics is psychological rather than theological: ethical behaviour is said to express higher orders of awareness.

Here, Sangharakshita details the first precept, that of abstention from all forms of violence and harm towards other beings. Cultivating the positive aspect of this precept is the embodiment of maitri, love, as expressed through our deeds of loving-kindness.

From the talk entitled The Principles of Ethics: Right Action given as part of the series The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, 1968.

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