By TY Lee
Except the commonly Buddhist international locations in Asia
where Buddhism is still robust, it truly is starting to be at an
explosive speed in the US and plenty of eu countries,
and is at present the quickest transforming into faith in Australia.
Modern and informed everyone is more and more finding
a want for non secular teachings without fanciful stories
and myths, unfastened from threats of punishments, and
without ideals which move opposed to technological know-how and reason.
Simple religion and worship aren't any longer sufficient during this day
and age. Buddhism with its useful and consistent
teachings and its relevance to everyday 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, effortlessly appropriate 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 knowing of Buddhism
by providing those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour in order that they can
be liked by means of extra humans. I had notion 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 typically to be had translations by way of 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 mainly 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 really not like our own.
Therefore, in accordance with the purpose to make the lessons more
accessible and simple to appreciate, those suttas have been
presented in a contemporary context utilizing contemporary
language. they've got additionally been divided into chapters, with
headings, sub-sections and factors inserted to make
them more uncomplicated to learn. in spite of the fact that, the movement and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I wish to convey my private gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his information and never-ending persistence, Ven. Dr.
I. Indasara Thero for writing the Foreword, Ven. Pannyavaro
Mahathera for reviewing the book, 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 in order to paintings with Ms. Sylvia Bay
on this booklet. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her exertions at the layout and
layout of this e-book. All blunders, mistakes and omissions are
mine by myself, and that i can be chuffed to listen to from an individual who
can right them, in order that this ebook will be stronger on.
Thanks additionally visit all my academics and acquaintances within the Dhamma
for their help 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. ultimately my distinctive because of the
people around the world who've made ‘Just be Good’
so profitable and for supporting to unfold the Dhamma
wherever they are.
May all Beings be good and chuffed, and unfastened from physical
and psychological agony. may possibly all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and discover Nibbana. may well all of the benefits from
this e-book be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to assist shield and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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Additional resources for A Life of Blessings
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. Being able to earn 60 a proper living, and not having to struggle to survive or resort to dishonesty or crime, is essential for both material and spiritual advancement.
In earning a living or in business, no other quality can replace the readiness for hard work. Remaining steadfast despite trouble or problems, and maintaining one’s integrity in times of difficulties are also vital elements. Being polite and well-mannered and keen to improve by learning new skills or methods are the other necessary qualities for success in business or at work. Finally, the individual should be open and friendly, and not aloof or proud. He or she should speak kindly, lead by good example, and be willing to share knowledge and experience with others.
This is the main purpose and objective of the Mangala Sutta. The Essential Blessings consists of the most basic and fundamental qualities that everyone should have. The elements of this group must be established to obtain both worldly and spiritual progress. Fools are people who are unable to tell right from wrong, and as a result cause harm to others through their actions. They are not concerned with basic morality as they do not care very much about the consequences of their actions. By associating unmindfully with such people, it will be difficult to make any kind of material or spiritual progress as there is always the tendency to behave in a similar manner.