I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been spending this summer working for Ashoka, (which, by the way, is a fantastic organization — be sure to check out what they do). On part of my route, I take the Metro, which could use some upgrading. While I’m only on the Metro for a few stops, it gives me time to read. Usually, I read The Economist. However, since I’ve moved recently and my mail hasn’t caught up with me yet, I’ve gone back to reading books.
When it comes to avoiding harmful actions of body and speech, in addition this fundamental rule [the Golden Rule], I personally find a list of six principles from a text by the second-century Indian thinker Nagarjuna to be helpful. In this text, Nagarjuna is offering advice to an Indian monarch of the time. The six principles are as follows:
- Avoid excessive use of intoxicants.
- Uphold principles of right livelihood.
- Ensure that one’s body, speech, and mind are nonviolent.
- Treat others with respect.
- Honor those worthy of esteem, such as parents, teachers, and those who are kind.
- Be kind to others.