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Lions Roar : September 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2008 51 the section of the orange. The same is true with our globe. Although we become a world community, the French con- tinue to be French, the Japanese remain Japanese, the Bud- dhists remain Buddhists, and the Christians remain Chris- tians. The skin of the orange continues to be the skin, and the sections in the orange continue to be the sections; the sections do not have to be transformed into the skin in order for there to be harmony. Harmony, however, is impossible if we do not have a glob- al ethic, and the global ethic that the Buddha devised is the Five Mindfulness Trainings. The Five Mindfulness Trainings are the path we should follow in this era of global crisis be- cause they are the practice of sisterhood and brotherhood, understanding and love, the practice of protecting ourselves and protecting the planet. The mindfulness trainings are concrete realizations of mindfulness. They are non-sectar- ian. They do not bear the mark of any religion, particular race, or ideology; their nature is universal. When you practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings, you become a bodhisattva helping to create harmony, protect the environment, safeguard peace, and cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood. Not only do you safeguard the beauties of your own culture, but those of other cultures as well, and all the beauties on Earth. With the Five Mindfulness Trainings in your heart, you are already on the path of transformation and healing. In the First Training we vow to cherish all life on earth and not support any acts of killing. In the Second Train- ing we pledge to practice generosity and not support social injustice and oppression. In the Third Training we make a commitment to behave responsibly in our relationships and not engage in sexual misconduct. The Fourth Training asks us to practice loving speech and deep listening in order to relieve others of suffering. The practice of mindful consumption and mindful eat- ing is the object of the Fifth Mindfulness Training: Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consump- tion, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practic- ing 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 con- versations. I am aware that to damage my body and my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ances- tors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in SEPT 48-55.indd 51 SEPT 48-55.indd 51 7/3/08 1:31:28 PM 7/3/08 1:31:28 PM