Monday, June 4, 2007

Reverance for Life

Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life,
I am committed to cultivating compassion and learning ways
to protect the lives of people, animals, plants and minerals. I am
determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any
act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.

The First Mindfulness Training
Thich Nhat Hanh

More and more people are beginning to realize that the survival of our planet depends on our sense of belonging - to all other humans, to dolphins caught in dragnets, to chickens and pigs and calves raised in animal concentration camps, to redwoods and rainforests, to kelp beds in our oceans, and to the ozone layer. More and more people are becoming aware that every act that affirms this belonging is a moral act of worship, the fulfillment of a precept written in every human heart.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

(both from: FOR A FUTURE TO BE POSSIBLE by Thich Nhat Hanh)
(Parallax Press 2007)