What to do

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Hammer, by Flickr user Markus Wichmann; appearing here under Creative Commons license.
Hammer, by Flickr user Markus Wichmann; appearing here under Creative Commons license.

“Whenever you want to perform a bodily act, you should reflect on it: ‘This bodily act I want to perform — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful bodily act, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it would be an unskillful bodily act with painful consequences, painful results, then any bodily act of that sort is absolutely unfit for you to do. But if on reflection you know that it would not cause affliction… it would be a skillful bodily action with happy consequences, happy results, then any bodily act of that sort is fit for you to do.” MN 61

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3 thoughts on “What to do

    joeythebuddhist said:
    June 8, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Love the pali canon

      wes responded:
      June 9, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      Me too. For foundational work to have such clarity is lucky for us.

        joeythebuddhist said:
        June 9, 2015 at 8:21 PM

        Couldn’t agree more wes, the pali canon is very simply wrote and I think the message/practice is easily accessible.

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