Chapter 1 The Buddhist Attitude of Mind


Chapter 1

The Buddhist Attitude Of Mind

  1. Did The Buddha regard himself as a God?
  2. What did He attribute all his realizations, attainments and achievements to?

Extra reading:  Master Yin Shun explains why being born human is rare, best and the three supreme characteristics of humans.

The Sutra in Forty-two Sections Spoken by the Buddha Section 36 to 37 (difficulties of being born human and to hear the Dharma)

3. What did the Buddha mean when he said “One is one’s own refuge, who else could be the refuge” ?

4. How does one become his own ‘refuge’?

Sutta mentioned in book: The Kalama Sutta

Bhikkhu Bodhi’s commentary on common misunderstandings of The Kalama Sutta

5.Even though doubt is one of the Five Hindrances how does it help us move forward in our understanding and practice of Buddhism?

Sutta mentioned in book: MN 47 Vimamsaka-sutta

6.What is sympathetic understanding ?

  1. What is the author trying to convey with the question is “Buddhism a religion or philosophy”, “Truth” and “labels’?

Sutta mentioned in book: MN 140 Dhātuvibhanga Sutta – The Exposition of the Elements

8 How does Buddhist faith ( saddha)  differ from other religion’s faith?

9 What is the definition of faith/ saddha in Buddhism ?

10  What are the three aspects of saddha (according to Asanga )?

11  The Buddha didn’t want his disciples to follow his teachings by ‘blind faith’ he wanted you to ‘come and see’. What practices have you tried and developed conviction in because you diligently practiced? What practices do you think you should try that you haven’t already?

12  How does the Buddha say a wise man preserves the Truth?

Sutta mentioned in book : MN 95 Canki-sutta

13 Explain  the ‘raft’ simile.

14 Explain the ‘leaf and forest’ story.

15 Note the 10 questions the Buddha would not answer. Why did He not answer those 10 questions?

Sutta mentioned in book: MN63 Cula-Malunkya-sutta

16. What does The Buddha say about metaphysical views?

17. At the end of the chapter, speaking with Malunkyputta, what is it that the Buddha says he teaches and Why does The Buddha teach what He teaches?

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"The gift of Dharma surpasses all gifts."
Dhammapada 354

"Giving, a Dharma life, caring for relatives, and blameless deeds: this is the greatest fortune."
Sn 263

"There are two kinds of gifts: a gift of material things and a gift of the Dharma. Of the two, the gift of Dharma is supreme."
Itivuttaka 98

"Directing one's mind to the states of faith, learning, generosity, and wisdom, one has a comfortable abiding.
Majjhima Nikaya 68.10

“Furthermore, Subhuti, in the practice of compassion and charity a disciple should be detached. That is to say, he should practice compassion and charity without regard to appearances, without regard to form, without regard to sound, smell, taste, touch, or any quality of any kind. Subhuti, this is how the disciple should practice compassion and charity. Why? Because practicing compassion and charity without attachment is the way to reaching the Highest Perfect Wisdom, it is the way to becoming a living Buddha”
-The Diamond Sutra

'What the Buddha Taught' by Rev. Dr. Walpola Rahula pdf

Bodhi Monastery's Webpage

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