The Five Mindfulness
By Thay Thich Nhat Hanh
The Five Mindfulness Trainings were developed during
the time of the Buddha to be the foundation of practice for the entire practice community, including monastic and lay members.
The basis for the trainings is mindfulness...
The Five Mindfulness Trainings protect our
freedom and make life beautiful. As guidelines for our daily lives they are the basis of happiness for individuals, couples,
families and society.
The First Training: Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate
compassion and learn ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to
let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking and in my way of life.
The Second Training:
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing and oppression, I vow to cultivate loving kindness
and learn ways to work for the well-being of people, animals, plants and minerals. I vow to practice generosity by sharing
my time, energy, and material resources with those in real need. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything
that should belong to others. I will respect the property of others, but I will prevent others from profiting from human suffering
or the suffering of other species on earth.
The Third Training: Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct,
I vow to cultivate responsibility and learn ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families and
society. I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without love and a long-term commitment. To preserve the happiness
of myself and others, I am determined to respect my commitments and the commitments of others. I will do everything in my
power to protect children from sexual abuse and to prevent couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct.
Fourth Training: Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful
speech and the inability to listen to others, I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and
happiness to others and relieve others of suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I vow to learn
to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not
know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that
can cause division or discord; or words that can cause the family or the community to break. I will make all efforts to reconcile
and resolve all conflicts, however small.
The Fifth Training:
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow
to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking
and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well being, and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in
the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant
or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films and conversations.
I am aware that to damage my body and my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society,
and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger and confusion in myself and in society by practicing
a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self transformation and the transformation
See also: www.mindfulnessmeditationcentre.org/5trainings.htm