I commit to live in deep nonviolence.
The new monastic has a natural sensitivity toward all other persons and other creatures, and a profound awareness of the dignity and worth of everyone and everything that is. Deep nonviolence is lived out through:
- A disposition of the heart: one is always holding others in one’s heart, always praying for that which is best for all.
- In words: to never use speech to diminish another person, to always speak gently, and to share only what is meaningful.
- In thought and action, to be a safe haven for all of creation, for all beings, seen and unseen, and to be gracious, open, and receptive to all.
- In valuing and spaciousness: the solitude of self and others, according other’s their physical, emotional and spiritual space; to recognize that to allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence, destroying our own inner capacity for peace. With ourselves and others, we offer space to rest and reconnect with self, family and others.