I commit to live a life of selfless service
and compassionate action.
Selfless service and compassionate action together constitute another universal element of inter-spirituality. We are all called not just to dream about a better world but to act to create a better world. It is not enough to know that we are part of one living system; we must also take active steps to live in harmony with the rest of creation. As new monastics, we live such that we are in harmony with the Earth and with all of creation. Every day, we must act in ways that acknowledge that we are part of one living system, a unified whole. Selfless service and compassionate action are both a spiritual practice and a fruit of our spiritual practice. As a practice it helps us to bear witness to suffering in a prayerful way, letting go of our individual preferences, ideas, and comforts. It allows us to open ourselves to the needs of each situation, and then respond in a way that utilizes the best of us for others. As a fruit of our practice, selfless service and compassionate action become natural and spontaneous, arising from an inner state of prayer which is often characterized by a deep feeling of interconnectedness with all living beings and the earth. Then we simply respond with the same intimacy and care that we would want someone else to respond to our own cries and heartbreaks.