2. Right Acting: What I Do
Geoffrey Hunt [+]
University of Surrey
He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.
The Buddha was a cultural revolutionary: he taught that moral worth rests in one’s intentions and their actual consequences. My every intentional action on something or someone is intrinsically and at once an action on myself. If ‘karma’ has any meaning at all then it is that and only that. There is a vivid saying in the Dhamma teachings that getting angry with a person is like picking up a burning coal with one’s bare hand to throw at that person. When I am directing anger towards you I am suffering anger. This chapter also discusses basic non-dogmatic guidance on refraining from killing and physical harm, from stealing and taking what is not given, from sexual misconduct, from lying and deceiving, and from intoxicants and drug abuse.