Virtuous Acts

14222314_10210654308704015_4322388365128459346_nVirtuous acts are the antithesis of non-virtuous acts. They are extensions of observing the Precepts. They do not supplant or supersede them.

We cannot begin to protect life if we do not stop injuring and killing others.

We cannot be generous while taking what is not freely given.

We cannot speak beneficially while lying and offending.

We cannot respect others while abusing their bodies.

We cannot cultivate sobriety while intoxicated.

How many persons who claim to be “pro-life” support the death penalty? How many eat animals? How many hunt? How many applaud violence and wars?

One cannot claim to protect life while continuing to, directly and indirectly, deprive others of life. And it is thus with all virtuous acts.

If we do not observe the Precepts, all so-called good acts are a deception.

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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3 Responses to Virtuous Acts

  1. Pingback: Virtuous Acts | Zen Flash

  2. Eric woody says:

    I have a question what if becoming vegetarian puts a burden on your family
    In their money situation and they have to put special effort in cooking other meals for you is it better to be vegetarian or eat meat
    My heart wants to be vegetarian but my living situation poses a hardship

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Vegan foods (rice, beans, cereal, pasta, vegetables, fruits) are less expensive than meats. And they are simple to cook. You can do it yourself, and help out in the kitchen. All the best!

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