The perfume of sandalwood, rosebay, or jasmine cannot travel against the wind.
But the fragrance of virtue travels to the ends of the world.
who are you when you sing the body into silence?
inquiry for today~ to move into covenants with yourself may allow you to find peace and equanimity today….
In Buddhism, virtue is seen as a psychological training, not a divinely inspired set of commandments. It means that we carry ourself with truthfulness, integrity, passion, and purpose in all we do. This is the powerful, even fierce force that enobles individuals and inspires social justice and equality worldwide. It has three levels, explained Ajahn Chah. Training in virtue begins with stopping harming.
The second level is the deliberate cultivation of care. More than refraining from harm, we cultivate a reverence for life. More than reframing from stealing, we act with stewardship for the things of the earth. More than refraining from lying, we stand up for truth. More than refraining from the misuse of sexuality, we respect our intimate relations. More than refraining from the misuse of intoxicants, we cultivate wakefulness.
The third level of virtue is called natural virtue, the spontaneous integrity of the awakened heart. Natural virtue arises when we are free from self-interest, when we are free to love. Instead of relying on rules and practices, our benevolent actions come from an innate connection.