Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/02/2016

I undertake the training rule to give help whenever it is asked for.

The title of today’s post is the last of the voluntary, Abhaya-cariya training rule I’ve decided for myself. Once again, I’m going to try to work my way through each here as a way of working out how they may function in daily life and help me to become a more generous, compassionate person and thereby prepare the mind and heart for samadhi and pañña.

What does it mean to give help whenever it is asked? Of course it could mean to do whatever you’re asked to do which could range from helping a friend move to murdering someone. Obviously the five precepts trump all but I’m convinced that whatever wisdom one had must needs be brought to bear on the situation as well. In other words, the help that is given may not always mirror exactly that which was requested but the request will be met with love and concern and wholeheartedly engaged with. That really is the best I can do and would be something of which I would feel proud. 

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