i will not harm…

we should ask ourselves the questions:

how can i not add to the harm and suffering of the world today?

how can i add to the healing and peace of the world today?

we should contemplate this in regards to our thoughts, our words, our actions.

we should remember that aggression doesn’t defeat aggression, violence doesn’t defeat violence. only a fierce love and compassion, in harmony with nature and all that light, will have the capacity to transform darkness and the harm that arises out of it.

we should also remember that fierce love and compassion is NOT inactive, rather it persistently and tirelessly takes action to end harm and suffering for all.

we, each of us, can make the daily vow, “i will not harm.”


All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?

One who, while himself seeking happiness oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.

He, who injures living beings, is not Noble. He is called Noble, because he is gentle and kind towards all living beings.

~ Buddha from The Dhammapada

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