I commit to actualize and live according to my full
moral and ethical capacity.
The new monastic does not receive one’s moral framework from society. A true moral framework emerges from one’s own being, out of the philosophical and spiritual framework one creates within one’s journey, and out of one’s own mystical experience, in conjunction with one’s existential experience of the suffering within life. It also emerges out of a knowledge of our political systems, our sociological realities, structural evil in its many forms, and the revealed truths of our wisdom traditions. All this must become internalized for the new monastic, integrated into her being and her path. The moral dimension of the spiritual journey is a fundamental, radical reorientation of the person’s inner commitment to be established permanently and concretely in love and compassion.