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Ten Paramis: Virtue (1 of 2)

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2009-02-24
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Virtuous behavior comes spontaneously with interconnectedness. When we see from oneness, there is no impulse to hurt.


Depending upon how you use them, the precepts can either aid or inhibit your spiritual growth. Do they foster a greater sense of wise view and connectedness or add to your unworthiness and guilt? Do they encourage a new way of viewing the world or hold you fast to your old self-image? Do the precepts lighten your sense of paranoia and general heaviness of mind or leave you feeling more shameful? Pick an unskillful behavior that you have lived with for a long time such as being manipulative or sneaky. Invite interest and look at what motivates that behavior. What are its rewards and limitations? Is there an accompanying attitude and interpersonal assumption? Watch the urge to act from this old pattern, and begin to see it for what it is—a conditioned behavior that is no longer needed. Keep setting an alternative skillful intention when the old behavior arises.


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