And what is right action? Abstaining from taking life, abstaining from stealing, abstaining from unchastity. This is called right action.” – Sutta Nipata XLV 8
When I took the five precepts at my ‘right action’, or rather what not to do since the precepts are about not doing., I didn’t know that they were directly related to the Noble Eightfold Path. As it turns out the first three precepts are describing what to do for
Somehow I keep coming back to the Angulimala story. I come across it and every time I read it, it moves me deeply. In the Angulimala story the Buddha states right action in a even more clear and simple manner:
I have stopped; I am still, Angulimala. It’s you who needs to stop.”
That’s all. “Stop.”
It will be my mantra for the time ahead. For as long as I need it. I will stop. As I sit, work, study, walk, sleep, I will stop. As I do my week-long pilgrimage, I will stop step by step.
“Stop” resonates with me. It makes me weep. From somewhere deep within me, tears are triggered every time I come to that one point in the Angulimala stroy: “Stop”.
I will stop. I promise.