Being a Good Person

Posted By on July 10, 2013

Most of us had some kind of guidance or training as young children on how to behave so that we would become a good person.  These guidelines could be quite varied and extensive, from how to behave around adults, toward peers, siblings, when in public, how to dress, eat properly, even how to share one’s possessions, i.e. toys.  The values and principles that were important to one’s parents determined how strict, rigid, or flexible the guidelines were enforced.  We were told they were part of our character development and necessary for living in the world with others.

Now as a student of Buddhism, I find it quite interesting to consider the teachings of the Buddha on the Noble Eightfold Path, and in particular Right Action.  As one aspect of the path that develops moral conduct, Right Action specifically targets not killing, stealing, or engaging in sexual misconduct.  At first glance, these suggestions may sound like more parental preaching, but there is a very good reason that the Buddha spelled them out as training on the path to liberation, to freeing ourselves of suffering.

We only have to engage in actions that are greedy or dishonest (taking what is not given), indifferent to how others are impacted (killing any being, disrespect for life), or doing something that is outright harmful (harming others through sexual misconduct) to experience directly the affect that action has on our conscious/mind/heart.  The Buddha looked deeply into how our minds work and found that unwholesome actions—especially when repeated—cause us and others great distress.

Right Action liberates the mind and frees the heart to be more considerate, more compassionate.  It supports a feeling of well-being that comes from the inside where our actions are based on a foundation of honesty, integrity, clarity, and wholesome intention.

Maybe our parents were on to something after all.

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