[Robert Talk] The Five Precepts, For "We Americans"

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NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:17:55, PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, QI GON MEDITATION (STARTING AT TIME STAMP 00:49:55) , AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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 The Five Precepts (with Robert's affirmative versions in parentheses)

I undertake the training of the heart to:

1. Refrain from killing others ("To be kind to all beings")

2. Refrain from taking that which is not freely given ("To be generous to all beings")

3. Refrain from sexual acts that cause harm ("To use libido to bring beauty, love, and connection into the world")

4. Refrain from harmful speech ("To use speech to create harmony")

5. Refrain from intoxicants that dull the mind ("To cultivate mindfulness and love")

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"We Americans"
The Avett Brothers

I grew up with reverence for the red white and blue
Spoke of God and liberty, reciting the pledge of allegiance
Learned love of country from my own family
Some shivered and prayed approaching the beaches of normandy

The flag waves high and that's how it should be
So many lives given and taken in the name of freedom
But the story's complicated and hard to read
Pages of the book obscured or torn out completely

I am a son of Uncle Sam
And I struggle to understand the good and evil
But I'm doing the best I can
In a place built on stolen land with stolen people
Blood in the soil with the cotton and tobacco
Blood in the soil with the cotton and tobacco
Blood in the soil with the cotton and tobacco

A misnamed people and a kidnapped race
Laws may change but we can't erase the scars of a nation
Of children devalued and disavowed
Displaced by greed and the arrogance of manifest destiny
Short-sighted to say it was a long time ago
Not even two lifetimes have past since the days of Lincoln
The sins of Andrew Jackson, the shame of Jim Crow
And time moves slow when the tragedies are beyond description

I am a son of Uncle Sam
And I struggle to understand the good and evil
But I'm doing the best I can
In a place built on stolen land with stolen people
We are more than the sum of our parts
All these broken homes and broken hearts
God will you keep us wherever we go
Will you forgive us for where we've been
We Americans
Blood on the table with the coffee and the sugar
Blood on the table with the coffee and the sugar
Blood on the table with the coffee and the sugar

I've been to every state, seen shore to shore
The still open wounds of the civil war
Watched blind hatred bounce back and forth
Seen vile prejudice both in the south and the north
And accountability is hard to impose
On ghosts of ancestors haunting the halls of our conscience
But the path of grace and goodwill is still here,
For those of us who may be considered among the living

I am a son of God and man
And I may never understand the good and evil
But I dearly love this land
Because of, and in spite of we the people
We are more than the sum of our parts
All these broken bones and broken hearts
God will you keep us wherever we go
Can you forgive us for where we've been
We Americans
We Americans
Love in our hearts with the pain and the memory
Love in our hearts with the pain and the memory
Love in our hearts with the pain and the memory

 

Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019