Based on Seven Empirical Observations
1. As monks and nuns of Heart Mountain Monastery (or simply as human beings walking on the earth) we have observed that the most practical thing we can do, for ourselves and everybody else, in every relationship and every circumstance, is to live our lives in peace.
2. We have observed that we live our lives in peace only when we are at peace with the thoughts we are thinking.
3. We observe that the most practical question we can ask ourselves, whenever necessary or appropriate, is, “Am I at peace with this thought (these thoughts, these stories?) yes or no? “
4. We observe that if the answer is not an immediate and spontaneous yes, it’s a no.
5. We observe that if the answer is yes (we are at peace with the thoughts we are thinking) that’s perfect. We need do nothing. We’re living in peace.
6. We observe that if the answer is no, (we’re not at peace with the thoughts we are thinking), then in order to return to peace, to live our lives in peace, we have two options:
a. drop the thought (or thoughts or stories) with which we are not at peace and find our create thoughts with which we are more at peace; or
b. choose to be at peace with the thoughts (and stories) with which a moment before we were not at peace.
7. We observe that it doesn’t make any difference whether we choose option a or option b, but rather what makes a difference is whether we are at peace with the thoughts we are thinking.