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The Daily Dharma – May 9, 2021

Leeks and a pewter vase still life painting arrangment on a violet and purple background.

Continuing from Living Buddha, Living Christ . . .

In modern life, people think that their body belongs to them and that they can do anything they want to it. When they make such a determination, the law supports them. This is one of the manifestations of individualism. But, according to the teachings of emptiness, non-self, and interbeing, your body is not yours alone. It also belongs to your ancestors, your parents, future generations, and all other living beings. Everything, even the trees and the clouds, has come together to bring about the presence of your body. Keeping your body healthy is the best way to express your gratitude to the whole cosmos, to all ancestors, and also not the betray future generations. You practice this precept for everyone. If you are healthy, everyone can benefit from it. When you are able to get out of the shell of your small self, you will see that you are interrelated to everyone and everything, that your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos. To keep yourself healthy in body and mind is to be kind to all beings The Fifth Precept is about health and healing.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Leeks Painting Seamus Berkeley