The Way: Ten Values of Faith

 

 

Benevolence

 

An all-embracing

Act of

Kindness and goodwill

Cultivating peace

 

 

 

Humility

 

An unpretentious

Proper perspective

Of self

Modest - free of pride

 

 

 

Equanimity

 

Steady composure

To practice

Patience, silence

Come good or bad - still

 

 

 

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Trust

 

To have faith and hope

And confidence in

Someone

The world, the future

 

 

 

Forgiveness

 

Bear no resentment

Supererogatory

Yet liberating

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Gratitude

 

Sustenance is found

Regardless of

Circumstance

From a grateful heart 

 

 

 

 

Selflessness

 

We do not live in

A vacuum

We’re connected

To a greater world

If he could speak...If he could speak...

 

 

 

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Justice

 

Without preference

See

In all you do and say

Be equitable

 

 

 

Simplicity

 

Rid your mind and life

From clutter

And desires

And you will be free

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Impermanence

 

All things come to pass

Fret not about

Tomorrow

Enjoy now, love now

 

Faith is a journey - the Way is a path

 

 

Background: After doing a personal study of the major world religions, and having read the major scriptures of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hindu, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism the realization that their stories, aphorisms, proverbs, analects, anecdotes, and wisdom possesses at their core the ten values of faith shared above. After much thought it was decided that short memorable Haikus was the best way to articulate them.  - Tony

First written in 2011