Screwing Up Mindfully

Hanuman's Soldiers

Because moral con­duct is based on objec­tive prin­ci­ples and deter­mined accord­ing to nat­ur­al laws, Bud­dhist prac­ti­tion­ers require courage and hon­esty to acknowl­edge and face the truth. They must accept the truth of con­di­tions, whether they are good or evil, right or wrong. Whether peo­ple prac­tise accord­ing­ly or not, and to what extent, is anoth­er mat­ter. Peo­ple need to accept whether they are act­ing in con­for­mi­ty with these nat­ur­al laws or not; they should not con­sid­er an evil deed as good sim­ply because it accords with their desires. The valid­i­ty of nat­ur­al laws gov­ern­ing human behav­iour does not depend on people’s desires. If one is about to per­form an action that results in falling into hell, it is bet­ter to acknowl­edge that this action is bad, but that one is still will­ing to suf­fer going to hell, than to deceive one­self and act with the belief that there is noth­ing wrong with the deed.

Ven. Phra Payut­to (Tahn Chao Khun Brah­ma­gun­ab­horn): Chap­ter 20 of Bud­dhad­ham­ma, on the Path fac­tors relat­ed to vir­tu­ous conduct.

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