The First Mindfulness Training

This video was created by R. Coleman fulling around with some movie-making software. What he came up with is truly amazing.

The images are pretty gruesome at times, but relevant to the text of the first mindfulness training. They are accompanied by Krishna Das chanting the Hanuman Puja.

The mindfulness trainings are a set of five precepts that contain the teachings of the Buddha as expressed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Every now and again, the mindfulness trainings are revamped and updated to further clarify their intentions.

Briefly stated, the mindfulness trainings teach us to refrain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication.

The current rendering of the First Mindfulness Training, reverence for life, states,

“Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning 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 support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, or in my way of life. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world.”

The rendition in the video is different, and no less meaningful.

My children were taught reverence for life at an early age.

Please watch the video to see how reverence for life is expressed in it. Then, please share your feelings, thoughts and questions.

Note: This video first appeared on Best Meditation Videos on November 11, 2012

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