In the Winter 2009 issue of Gampo Abbey’s newsletter are the Six Commitments that spiritual director (and bestselling author) Pema Chödrön asked students to ‘work with’ during a recent retreat. Here are just a couple to test-drive for yourself.
The Six Commitments
1. Am I willing to do my best to take full responsibility for my own shenpa [how we get hooked] and for my own karma ripening and not blame it on what triggered it?
2. Am I wiling to do my best to take being hooked (triggered, activated) as an opportunity to free myself or ancient habits and patterns and to weaken, even burn up entirely, old karmic seeds?
3. Am I willing to do my best to take this time in this community to ”clean my karmic slate”; a) by purifying my past karma through an ongoing compassionate personal life review; b) so I do not collect more karma in the present by “confessing” or acknowledging when I lose it or get swept away; c) by aspiring in the future to continue compassionately working in this way?
To see all 6 commitments, visit the Abbey’s website and download their Winter 2009 newsletter.