The Precepts point to and express a fundamental shift in our point of view. Training seems to me to involve choosing a certain way of living or relating to the world—a choice that is repeated daily, almost endlessly.
There is the difference between wanting to take from the world, and being entirely owned by the world. It’s a fundamental difference between ‘What can I get from this situation’ and ‘what can I offer to this situation’.
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