I saw Peter Rabbit in the lettuce patch yesterday. In a place like this, which deeply practices "doing no harm to any sentient being," the next challenge may be putting in a fence. The current fence is beautiful, hand-made from branches of pine and birch trees.
When we begin our meditation practice, we may take the 5 precepts sort of half-heartedly.
I intend to
- do no harm to anyone
- take nothing that is not freely giving
- speak truthfully and helpfully
- use my sensual energy wisely, and
- keep my mind clear.
Eventually, we renounce those rascally behaviors, and keep the rabbits out of the lettuce patch with stronger determination.