Living Kindness: The Buddha's Ten Guiding Principles for a Blessed Life

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Living Kindness—a book that was used at the United Nations to teach meditation and as required reading for a Buddhist Chaplaincy program—invites you to deeply experience and integrate the Buddha’s ten guiding principles for leading a blessed life. Through transformative stories and inspiring anecdotes, Donald Altman shows how these timeless principles invite personal awakening and compassionate living. Demonstrating how these wise principles have endured in the rituals and practices of many of the world’s great religions, Living Kindness offers clarity, comfort, and guidance to everyone, regardless of faith or creed. This handbook for enlightened living will help you meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex world with wisdom and kindness.

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Living Kindness focuses on wise, timeless, and enduring spiritual principles, or values, that were promoted and followed by the historical Gautama Buddha. The Buddha Vamsa Pali Texts, or lineage of the Buddhas, tell the story of how the Buddha-to-be found the ten conditions necessary for becoming a Buddha. These principles are astonishingly fresh and easily adapted to modern life. Some Buddhist teachings use these as their ideal, a means by which one becomes a Bodhisattva, or an "awakening being" seeking enlightenment. But do not assume that this makes them exclusively "Buddhist" principles or standards. Or that you have to be a Bodhisattva to experience them.

Who can benefit from these principles? Anyone can. Whatever your faith, creed, or background, living kindness represents an inclusive, tolerant, and interfaith path that is not steeped in dogma or ideology. These ten principles—generosity, effort, patience, ethics, simplicity and meditation, wisdom, truthfulness, steadfastness, equanimity, and lovingkindness —offer a universal path to spiritual growth and compassionate living kindness. They can also help us cope with the many challenges facing us today, both personally and as a community.

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