By TY Lee
Except the often Buddhist nations in Asia
where Buddhism is still powerful, it really is starting to be at an
explosive velocity in the US and plenty of eu countries,
and is at present the quickest becoming faith in Australia.
Modern and knowledgeable everyone is more and more finding
a desire for non secular teachings without fanciful stories
and myths, unfastened from threats of punishments, and
without ideals which pass opposed to technology and reason.
Simple religion and worship aren't any longer sufficient during this day
and age. Buddhism with its sensible and consistent
teachings and its relevance to way of life, is ready to satisfy
intelligent and enquiring minds, and therefore appeals very
much to our present-day society. The Sigalovada Sutta,
Vyagghapajja Sutta, Parabhava Sutta and Mangala Sutta
are all first-class examples of such teachings. They are
sensible, effectively acceptable and bring about either personal
improvement and progress, and religious development and
development. This publication relies on those 4 suttas.
I wish to advertise a better figuring out of Buddhism
by offering those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour so they can
be preferred by means of extra humans. I had proposal it worthwhile to
also have those 4 suttas compiled into one compact
book for the simple reference of all practising Buddhists and
for the benefit of all scholars of Buddhism. As such,
the more often than not on hand translations through Ven. Narada Thera
are additionally integrated within the Appendix.
The Buddha’s teachings have been initially memorized and
recited instead of written down and skim. but if written
down, those recitations occasionally make for tough reading.
This is principally so once they originated greater than 2,500
years in the past in stipulations very diversified from that of our
current age, and in a language rather in contrast to our own.
Therefore, based on the purpose to make the lessons more
accessible and simple to appreciate, those suttas have been
presented in a latest context utilizing contemporary
language. they've got additionally been divided into chapters, with
headings, sub-sections and motives inserted to make
them more straightforward to learn. even though, the circulation and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I wish to show my private gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his suggestions and unending endurance, Ven. Dr.
I. Indasara Thero for writing the Foreword, Ven. Pannyavaro
Mahathera for reviewing the ebook, and to Mr. Leong
Kum Seng and Ms. Han Ah Yew for his or her valuable
suggestions and assist in checking the textual content. i'm also
extremely privileged so one can paintings with Ms. Sylvia Bay
on this booklet. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her labor at the layout and
layout of this e-book. All blunders, error and omissions are
mine by myself, and that i should be satisfied to listen to from somebody who
can right them, in order that this booklet might be more desirable on.
Thanks additionally visit all my academics and pals within the Dhamma
for their aid and encouragement from the very
beginning. My gratitude is going to my mom and dad and my wife,
Susan, for the entire aid they've got given me in my ‘work’ of
propagating the Dhamma. eventually my designated because of the
people around the globe who've made ‘Just be Good’
so profitable and for assisting to unfold the Dhamma
wherever they are.
May all Beings be good and satisfied, and loose from physical
and psychological anguish. may possibly all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and observe Nibbana. could all of the advantages from
this publication be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to assist defend and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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45 Debauchery and promiscuity Frequent drinking and intoxication Addiction to gambling Associating with bad company Abstinence from debauchery and promiscuity Abstinence from drinking and intoxication Abstinence from gambling Associating with good company Imagine a great water tank with four inlets and four outlets. The four inlets are the four factors leading to gain, and the four outlets are the four factors leading to loss. If the inlets are kept open and the outlets kept closed, the water supply will not decrease, even if there is no rain.
Having these Supporting Blessings allows for further progress towards higher ideals. This refers to both a general as well as a moral education. A good general education is essential for our material welfare and a good moral education, such as learning the Buddha’s teachings, is important for our spiritual welfare. We must be able to support ourselves and our family and in order to do so, we have to be able to earn a decent living. We must have the necessary skills and qualifications and apply them properly to our work.
9] Household workers include domestic maids. How significant this advice is nowadays, as we can see so many housewives being hauled to court for ill-treating their maids, resulting in shame and difficulties for their own families.  Wives have a duty towards their husbands not to over-spend or waste hard earned money. They should 37 spend wisely and help to save whenever possible so as to preserve the family’s wealth. Again, this is another example of the Buddha’s practical and timeless advice, relevant in his time as it is in ours.
A Life of Blessings by TY Lee