Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing
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The First Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be
idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones.
Buddhist teachings are guiding means to help us learn to look deeply and to develop our
understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill, or die for.

The Second Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are
determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We shall learn and
practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to others' insights and experiences. We
are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Truth is
found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn
throughout our lives.

The Third Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our views on others, we are
committed not to force others, even our children, by any means whatsoever-such as
authority, threat, money, propaganda, or indoctrination-to adopt our views. We will
respect the right of others to be different and to choose what to believe and how to decide. We
will, however, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness through compassionate dialogue.

The Fourth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us develop compassion and
find ways out of suffering, we are determined not to avoid or close our eyes before
suffering. We are committed to finding ways, including personal contact, images, and sounds, to
be with those who suffer, so we can understand their situation deeply and help them transform
their suffering into compassion, peace, and joy.

The Fifth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that true happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom, and compassion, and not
in wealth or fame, we are determined not to take as the aim of our life fame, profit, wealth,
or sensual pleasure, nor to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying. We
are committed to living simply and sharing our time, energy, and material resources with those in
need. We will practice mindful consuming, not using alcohol, drugs, or any other products that
bring toxins into our own and the collective body and consciousness.

The Sixth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are determined to take
care of the energy of anger when it arises and to recognize and transform the seeds of
anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When anger comes up, we are determined not to do
or say anything, but to practice mindful breathing or mindful walking and acknowledge, embrace,
and look deeply into our anger. We will learn to look with the eyes of compassion at those we
think are the cause of our anger.

The Seventh Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that life is available only in the present moment and that it is possible to live happily
in the here and now, we are committed to training ourselves to live deeply each moment of
daily life. We will try not to lose ourselves in dispersion or be carried away by regrets about the
past, worries about the future, or craving, anger, or jealousy in the present. We will practice
mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment. We are determined
to learn the art of mindful living by touching the wondrous, refreshing, and healing elements that
are inside and around us, and by nourishing seeds of joy, peace, love, and understanding in
ourselves, thus facilitating the work of transformation and healing in our consciousness.

The Eighth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that the lack of communication always brings separation and suffering, we are
committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate listening and loving
speech. We will learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words
that can create discord or cause the community to break. We will make every effort to keep
communications open and to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

The Ninth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that words can create suffering or happiness, we are committed to learning to
speak truthfully and constructively, using only words that inspire hope and confidence.
We are determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress
people, nor to utter words that might cause division or hatred. We will not spread news that we
do not know to be certain nor criticize or condemn things of which we are not sure. We will do
our best to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten our safety.

The Tenth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the practice of understanding and
compassion, we are determined not to use the Buddhist community for personal gain or
profit or transform our community into a political instrument. A spiritual community should,
however, take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the
situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

The Eleventh Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that great violence and injustice have been done to our environment and society,
we are committed not to live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. We will
do our best to select a livelihood that helps realize our ideal of understanding and compassion.
Aware of global economic, political and social realities, we will behave responsibly as consumers
and as citizens, not investing in companies that deprive others of their chance to live.

The Twelfth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are determined to cultivate
nonviolence, understanding, and compassion in our daily lives, to promote peace
education, mindful mediation, and reconciliation within families, communities, nations, and
in the world. We are determined not to kill and not to let others kill. We will diligently practice
deep looking with our Sangha to discover better ways to protect life and prevent war.

The Thirteenth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression,
we are committed to cultivating loving kindness and learning ways to work for the
well-being of people, animals, plants, and minerals. We will practice generosity by sharing
our time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. We are determined not to
steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. We will respect the property of
others, but will try to prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other
beings.

The Fourteenth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing
(For lay members): Aware that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot dissipate the
feeling of loneliness but will create more suffering, frustration, and isolation, we are
determined not to engage in sexual relations without mutual understanding, love, and a
long-term commitment. In sexual relations, we must be aware of future suffering that may be
caused. We know that to preserve the happiness of ourselves and others, we must respect the
rights and commitments of ourselves and others. We will do everything in our power to protect
children from sexual abuse and to protect couples and families from being broken by sexual
misconduct. We will treat our bodies with respect and preserve our vital energies (sexual, breath,
spirit) for the realization of our bodhisattva ideal. We will be fully aware of the responsibility of
bringing new lives into the world, and will meditate on the world into which we are bringing new
beings.

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