The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings
of the Order of Interbeing
The First Mindfulness Training: Openness
Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance,
we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist teachings
are guiding means to help us learn to look deeply and to develop our understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines
to fight, kill, or die for.
The Second Mindfulness Training: Nonattachment to Views
Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views
and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We shall learn and practice
nonattachment from views in order to be open to others' insights and experiences. We are aware that the knowledge we presently
possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every
moment, ready to learn throughout our lives.
The Third Mindfulness Training: Freedom of Thought
Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our
views on others, we are committed not to force others, even our children, by any means whatsoever--such as authority, threat,
money, propaganda or indoctrination--to adopt our views. We will respect the right of others to be different and to choose
what to believe and how to decide. We will, however, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness through compassionate
The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Awareness of Suffering
Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can
help us develop compassion and find ways out of suffering, we are determined not to avoid or close our eyes before suffering.
We are committed to finding ways, including personal contact, images, and sounds, to be with those who suffer, so we can understand
their situation deeply and help them transform their suffering into compassion, peace, and joy.
The Fifth Mindfulness Training: Simple, Healthy Living
Aware that true happiness is rooted in peace, solidity,
freedom, and compassion, and not in wealth and fame, we are determined not to take as the aim of our life fame, profit, wealth,
or sensual pleasure, nor to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying. We are committed to living simply and sharing
our time, energy, and material resources with those in need. We will practice mindful consuming, not using alcohol, drugs,
or any other products that brings toxins into our own and the collective body and consciousness.
The Sixth Mindfulness Training: Dealing with Anger
Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering,
we are determined to take care of the energy of anger when it arises and to recognize and transform the seeds of anger that
lie deep in our consciousness. When anger comes up, we are determined not to do or say anything, but to practice mindful breathing
or mindful walking and acknowledge, embrace, and look deeply into our anger. We will learn to look with the eyes of compassion
at those we think are the cause of our anger.
The Seventh Mindfulness Training: Dwelling Happily in
the Present Moment
that life is available only in the present moment and that it is possible to live happily in the here and now, we are committed
to training ourselves to live deeply each moment of our daily life. We will not be carried away by regrets about the past,
worries about the future, or craving, anger or jealousy in the present. We are determined to learn the art of mindful living
by touching seeds of joy, peace, love, and understanding in ourselves, thus facilitating the work of transformation and healing
in our consciousness.
The Eighth Mindfulness Training: Community and Communication
Aware that the lack of communication always brings separation
and suffering, we are committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate listening and loving speech. We will
learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words that can create discord or cause the community
to break. We will make every effort to keep communications open and to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.
The Ninth Mindfulness Training: Truthful and Loving Speech
Aware that words can create suffering or happiness, we
are committed to learning to speak truthfully and constructively, using only words that inspire hope and confidence. We are
determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people, nor to utter words that might
cause division or hatred. We will not spread news that we do not know to be certain nor criticize or condemn things of which
we are not sure. We will do our best to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten our safety.
The Tenth Mindfulness Training: Protecting the Sangha
Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the practice
of understanding and compassion, we are determined not to use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit or transform
our community into a political instrument. A spiritual community should, however, take a clear stand against oppression and
injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.
The Eleventh Mindfulness Training: Right Livelihood
Aware that great violence and injustice have been done
to our environment and society, we are committed not to live with a vocation that is harmful to humans or nature. We will
do our best to select a livelihood that helps realize our ideal of understanding and compassion. Aware of global economic,
political and social realities, we will behave responsibly as consumers and as citizens, not investing in companies that deprive
others of their chance to live.
The Twelfth Mindfulness Training: Reverence for Life
Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict,
we are determined to cultivate nonviolence, understanding, and compassion in our daily lives, to promote peace education,
mindful mediation, and reconciliation within families, communities, nations, and in the world. We are determined not to kill
and not to let others kill. We will diligently practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better ways to protect life
and prevent war.
The Thirteenth Mindfulness Training: Generosity
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social
injustice, stealing and oppression, we are committed to cultivating lovingkindness and learning ways to work for the well-being
of people, animals, plants, and minerals. We will practice generosity by sharing our time, energy, and material resources
with those who are in need. We are determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. We will
respect the property of others, but will try to prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other
The Fourteenth Mindfulness Training: Right Conduct (For
Aware that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot
dissipate the feeling of loneliness but will create more suffering, frustration, and isolation, we are determined not to engage
in sexual relations without mutual understanding, love, and a long-term commitment. In sexual relations, we must be aware
of future suffering that may be caused. We know that to preserve the happiness of ourselves and others, we must respect the
rights and commitments of ourselves and others. We will do everything in our power to protect children from sexual abuse and
to protect couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct. We will treat our bodies with respect and preserve
our vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of our bodhisattva ideal. We will be fully aware of the responsibility
of bringing new lives into the world, and will meditate on the world into which we are bringing new beings.