Chapter 8 What The Buddha Taught and The World Today

Chapter 8

What The Buddha Taught and The World Today

 

  1. What misconception about Buddhist practice does the author dispel? Why?

Supplemental suttas: MN 131 Bhaddekaratta Sutta: An Auspicious Day ( or also known as A Better Way To  Live Alone Sutta)translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

2.Why was the Sangha established by The Buddha ?

3.What are the labels of the six directions of worship for a layperson’s noble discipline?

Supplemental suttas: DN 31Sigalovada Sutta The Discourse to Sigala –The Layperson’s Code of Discipline Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera

4.While one is considered a Buddhist by the authors account if one understands the Buddha’s teaching, and if one is convinced that his teaching is the right Path and if one tries to follow it, then one is a Buddhist. Tradition also has it that one is a Buddhist when one takes refuge in The Buddha, The Dharma and The Sangha ( The Triple Gem) and observes the Five Precepts.  What are the Five Precepts?

Supplemental reading and suttas on The Five Precepts and Going For Refuge : Going for Refuge & Taking the Precepts by Bhikkhu Bodhi , Refuge in the Buddha by Bhikkhu Bodhi

 

5.What are the four things conducive to a layman’s happiness in this world?

6.What are the four virtues conducive to a layman’s happiness hereafter?

Supplemental reading and suttas on Social, Economic and Political matters: Kutadantta Sutta , DN 26 Cakkavatti Sutta: The Wheel-turning Emperor translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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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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