Buddhism at work (continued)
The five precepts are endlessly applicable
in work situations.
Consider how each of the precepts can
apply to the way you go about your work:
- Non-harming, reverence for life
- Respecting the property of others, not
- Conscious and loving in relationships,
avoid sexual irresponsibility
- Avoiding incorrect speech, lying
- Avoiding intoxicants which diminish
clarity of consciousness and lead to carelessness.
The third precept, sexual responsibility, would prohibit
sexual harassment and the use of sex to sell products. The fourth
precept goes beyond not lying to embrace right speech. In the workplace,
where verbal interaction is at the heart of things, speech can be
an especially fruitful arena of practice. A recent version of the
fourth precept, cited in "Cultivating Awareness," takes
the form of a vow:
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful
speech and the inability to listen to others, I vow
to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order
to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others
of their suffering. I vow to learn to speak truthfully,
with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope.
I am determined not to spread news that I do not know
to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things
of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering
words that can cause division or discord, or that can
cause the family or the community to break. I will make
all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts,
Thich Nhat Hahn
In one paragraph, enough to practice for a lifetime!