The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of Buddha's teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world.
To practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate insight of interbeing, or Right View, which can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair.
If we live according to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we are already on the path of a bodhisattva.
Knowing we are on that path, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future.
First mindfulness training - Reverence for Life
Second mindfulness training - True Happiness
Third mindfulness training - True Love
Fourth mindfulness training - Loving speech and deep listening
Fifth mindfulness training - Nourishment and Healing.
After receiving the Five Mindfulness Trainings, the practitioner understands that he or she should study and recite them regularly so that the practice of the Mindfulness Trainings will deepen day by day.
If in three months, the practitioner has not recited the Mindfulness Trainings at least once, the transmission will no longer be effective.
Mindfulness meditation practice offers us the opportunity to develop a wise relationship between the breath, the mind and the body.
'To realise a tranquil heart and clear mind is to have gone far along the path of meditation.
Our breath is a fragile piece of thread. But once we know how to use it, it can become a wondrous tool to help us surmount situations which would otherwise seem hopeless. Our breath is the bridge from our body to our mind, the element which reconciles our body and mind and which makes possible one-ness of body and mind.
Breath is aligned to both body and mind and it alone is the tool which can bring them both together, illuminating both and bringing both peace and calm.'
Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness.