Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 143

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s Appr oa c h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing is the recognition that every person is deeply interconnected The goal of these steps is first to ensure that our motivations and dependent on everyone else in order to survive and are sound. The reason this is so important is that no matter thrive. This interdependence extends also to the environ- how thorough we are in devising our plans, we can rarely ment of which we are a part. In CIT, interdependence is know in advance the outcomes of our actions. We do not also the recognition that everything happens within a set control all of the variables, and we cannot see into the of interrelated and mutually constituted systems, such as future. As a result, our actions may not have any effect or economic, political, social and criminal justice. may even cause greater harm. We must therefore, begin with a sound motivation, without ulterior motives. The second reason for these steps is to ensure that we are Practicing Discernment and Critical Thinking taking a wider view of the situation, in order to understand Once one is motivated by compassion, the next step is to the context for the reason why something is a certain way. figure out the most effective means for making a positive Part of the problem is that when we do not take a wider contribution to the problem one is trying to address. This view of all the causes and conditions, we are more likely to process requires the application of critical thinking. When cause unintended consequences. the Dalai Lama speaks about applying critical thinking or using discernment in order to tackle any problem in a One of the potential dangers of seeing interdependence and compassionate way, he poses a series of questions that all of the causes and conditions is that it could lead to a one can ask oneself in order to decide upon the best course form of paralysis. Because there are so many conditions in 86 of action. These are: 1. this web of interdependence, we could lose sight of how we should act. Here we can be benefited by considering the Check your motivation by asking, “Do I truly have Pareto Principle (also called the 80/20 rule), which states the others’ well-being at heart or am I under the that in many situations 80% of the effects are caused by sway of any afflictive mental states, such as greed, only 20% of the causes. A person might find that they need anger or jealousy?” 2. 3. 4. to raise a certain amount of money. Eighty percent of the If your motivations are sound, bring to mind your money they raise comes from 20% of the donors; similarly, understanding of interdependence and ask, “What a business person may find that 80% of their profit comes is the broader context o H؛[O]\HHH HوZ\XˈYH[\[\[\[\]\\[ۙ][ۜ]]H][\HX[[\\YۈH]^H]\\[]HBH؛[O'HY[\X \Yۈ\Y\[\[[\8'][[[X][^XYۜ\]Y[\]\\BX\H]H[]\HHZ[H]Y\[\ܝ[Xۚ^H][\\[[H[YX[›وXXXO'H][YHZY]H[[YH\Z[]YK[[K\[\[8'X][ۈ[]\H\H\HX[H\]Y\]ZYYH[ۙBHX\\H[[XHHܙX]\[[[و^K\\H]\[\ܝ[[X]HY\[ XZ['H ۝^[YZH[[ۜ[^\\Hو\˂HH܈\H[ۋHYHHHHH\HXYH[HHHHH\YHKH܈HBH L