Thursday, August 11, 2005


Rachel of Velveteen Rabbichallenged her readers to produce their own credos. Saying "I believe" is a bit problematic for a Buddhist, so I made mine just a list of seven assertions. Three of them, as you might expect (if you know me), come pretty much straight from the mouths of English poets.

1) There is no set of guidelines, no matter how kindly, profound, or elaborate, that will ever be a better guide to action than paying mindful attention in the present moment with an open heart.

2) Everything that can be imagined is an image of truth.

3) Conceptual thought is a good servant but a bad master.

4) Every ill deed is engendered in dishonesty.

5) Nothing important is fair.

6) There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Or mine.

7) Everything that lives is Holy.

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