For a Future to Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five by Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Maxine Hong Kingston,

By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Maxine Hong Kingston, Stephen Batchelor, Joan Halifax, Christopher Reed, Annabel Laity, Patricia Marx Ellsberg, David Steindl-Rast

The 5 Mindfulness Trainings—protecting existence, performing with generosity, behaving responsibly in sexual relationships, conversing and listening deeply and mindfully, and keeping off substance abuse—are the elemental assertion of ethics and morality in Buddhism. In For a destiny to be attainable, Zen grasp and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and fourteen in demand co-authors talk about those 5 Mindfulness Trainings and provide insights and demanding situations for a way they could play a major function in our own lives and in society.

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We also need the support of friends and other people. That is why, in our society, we have a wedding cer­ emony. The two families join together with other friends to witness the fact that you have come together to live as a couple. The priest and the marriage license are just symbols. What is important is that your commitment is witnessed by many friends and both of your families. Now you will be supported by them. A long-term commitment is stronger and more long-lasting if made in the context of a Sangha.

Many of our social workers were killed and kidnapped by both sides. Each side suspected we were working for the other side. Some of our workers were assassinated by fanatic Catholics who sus­ pected us of working for the communists, and some of our workers were taken away by the communist side. Our workers were quite popular in the countryside. They were very dedicated young men and women, including many young monks and nuns. They did not have salaries; they just wanted to serve and to practice Buddhism.

We tried not to align ourselves with either of the warring par­ ties, the communists or the anticommunists. You will be able to help only if you stand above the conflict and see both the good and bad aspects of both sides. Doing this, you put yourself in a dangerous situation, because you may be hated by both sides. One side suspects that you are an instrument of the other side, and the other side suspects you are an in­ strument of the first side. JJ Training 57 at the same time. That is exactly what many Buddhists in Vietnam suffered during the war.

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