10 Practices of a Peacemaker

Sunday, July 5, 2009
  1. Recognizing that I am not separate from all that is.
  2. Being satisfied with what I have.
  3. Encountering all creations with respect and dignity.
  4. Listening and speaking from the heart.
  5. Cultivating a mind that sees clearly.
  6. Unconditionally accepting what each moment has to offer.
  7. Speaking what I perceive to be the truth without guilt or blame.
  8. Using all of the ingredients of my life.
  9. Transforming suffering into wisdom.
  10. Honoring my life as an instrument of peacemaking.

Taken from Jean Smith’s The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Buddhism


  1. Molly says:

    Really fabulous post. I especially love numero uno–about not being separate from the All-That-Is. I find myself saying that alot.

    I think this is where our suffering ultimately comes from. And funny thing is, we AREn’t separate. Thanks so much for this thought-provoking post.

  2. barryweber says:

    This is very simply (thus, very well) stated. I’m swiping it immediately, and..ohmyohmy: imagine the 10 part sermon series!

  3. Lyndon says:

    I think I love most that they are juxtaposed to 10 commandments. They’re not rules or laws. They are positive, and they are about being, doing, and becoming.

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