Right Thought

BudanmAnd what, friends, is Right Thought?

The thought of renunciation,

the thought of good will,

the thought of harmlessness—

this, friends, is called Right Thought.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Digha Nikaya

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Right Thought

  1. Greg Schmidt says:

    Tashi – can you provide the pali/sanskrit word used for harmlessness and some of its connotations? Seems like a lot packed into this one simple idea/practice.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Ahimsa = literally, ‘non-harm’ is the Sanskrit term. It is often translated as ‘non-violence’, but that falls short of the mark, as not all harm is inflicted violently. In fact, most harmful thoughts, words, and deeds are committed habitually.

      Anything that restricts or denies Great Perfection (Buddha Nature) in ourselves and others constitutes harm. Some persons argue that it would be better to use a more ‘positive’ term (such as beneficence), but it is necessary to stop harm before one is capable of beneficence.

      This is why the Buddha summarized his teaching in three sentences, in this particular order:
      Avoid harm.
      Do good.
      Purify the mind.

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