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Buddhist Rules for the Laity

Buddhist Rules for the Laity

Buddhist Rules for the Laity

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Item Code: IDI977
Author: D J Subasinha
Publisher: Pilgrims Publishing
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 9788177690712
Pages: 111
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.0" X 4.8"
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What are the dos don't as prescribed by the Buddha for right living? How can an ordinary householder practice Buddhism in his day-to-day life? In this age of all-round decay, are we capable of leading a life of righteousness, purity and piety?

The author D. J. Subasinha answers these and many more questions pertaining to the moral code of life, as laid down by the Buddha and later Buddhist thinkers. The author has been skillful in his handling of this translation of The Sigalowada and Vyaggapajja Suttas, ancient Pali texts of profound religious significance. This book is a systematic study of the Buddhist guidelines for right living. It contains illustrative stories, which bring home to the readers the importance of being morally beautiful and sensitive human beings.

"Both positive and negative experiences arise from the mind, depending on whether your mind is transformed or not. Therefore, it is most important to control and discipline the mind. All fears and the immeasurable sufferings that we encounter arise from the mind. The Buddha taught that there is no enemy that is more powerful than the mind."

-HIS HOLINESS THE DALAILAMA

 

Preface

Being invited by the Rev. Akmimana Dhammarama. Thera, the incumbent of the Vijayananda Vihara, Galle. From whom the late Colonel H. S. Olcott and the late lamented Madame H. P. Blavatsky the founders of the Theosophical Society, took Thisarana and Pancha Sila for the first time on the 19th May 1880 and publicy professed Buddhism, I have made this translation of the Sigalowada and Vyaggapajja Suttas, intending to present it to Colonel H. S. Olcott on his twenty-fifth anniversary visit to the Vijayananda Vihara.

At a council of Bhikkhus held at Galle in 1880, Colonel Olcott announced the usefulness of translating Buddhist works into English, for the benefit of our co-religionists in the West, and those in the East, who do not understand the Pali language, and in accordance with that suggestion, this translation has been made, hoping that he might be able to take it to Europe and disseminate the teachings embodied therein.

I have to thankfully acknowledge the help received from Rev. G. A. Sunandarama Tissa, Badulle Nanavilasa of the Vijayananda Pali College Mr. F.L. Woodward, M.A., the Principal of the Mahinda College, and Mr. P. K. Carolis DeSilva, in the preparation of this work.

 

CONTENTS

 

SIGALOWADA SUTTA.
    Page
Introduction to Sermon   1
Sermon to Sigala   5
Four passions of the mind   8
Six sources tending to the destruction of wealth   10
Evil consequences of going about at unseasonable hours   12
Evil consequences of frequenting places of dancing   14
Evil consequences of gambling   15
Evil consequences of bad company   16
Evil consequences of indolence   17
Three kinds of friends   18
Four kinds of pretended friends   20
Four kinds of good hearted friends   23
Danger from six quarters   27
Children's duty to parents   28
Parent's duty to children   30
Pupil's duty to children   32
Teacher's duty to pupil   33
Husband's duty to wife   34
Wife's duty to husband   35
Honourable man's duty to friend   36
Friend's duty to honourable man   36
Master's duty to servant   37
Servant's duty to master   37
Layman's duty to priests   38
Priest's duty to layman   39
Sigala accepts Buddha as his Guide   41
 

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