By TY Lee
Except the regularly Buddhist international locations in Asia
where Buddhism is still powerful, it's turning out to be at an
explosive speed in the US and plenty of ecu countries,
and is at the moment the quickest turning out to be faith in Australia.
Modern and knowledgeable everyone is more and more finding
a want for religious teachings with out fanciful stories
and myths, loose 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 sensible and consistent
teachings and its relevance to way of life, is ready to satisfy
intelligent and enquiring minds, and hence appeals very
much to our present-day society. The Sigalovada Sutta,
Vyagghapajja Sutta, Parabhava Sutta and Mangala Sutta
are all excellent examples of such teachings. They are
sensible, without difficulty acceptable and result in either personal
improvement and development, and religious growth and
development. This publication is predicated on those 4 suttas.
I desire to advertise a better realizing of Buddhism
by proposing those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour in order that they can
be liked through extra humans. I had inspiration it precious 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 as a rule to be had translations via Ven. Narada Thera
are additionally integrated within the Appendix.
The Buddha’s teachings have been initially memorized and
recited instead of written down and browse. 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 assorted from that of our
current age, and in a language relatively in contrast to our own.
Therefore, in keeping with the purpose to make the lessons more
accessible and straightforward 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 reasons inserted to make
them more straightforward to learn. despite the fact that, the stream and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I wish to exhibit my inner most gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his assistance and unending endurance, Ven. Dr.
I. Indasara Thero for writing the Foreword, Ven. Pannyavaro
Mahathera for reviewing the publication, 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 e-book. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her exertions at the layout and
layout of this publication. All errors, error and omissions are
mine by myself, and that i should be chuffed to listen to from an individual who
can right them, in order that this e-book could be more suitable on.
Thanks additionally visit all my lecturers 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 support they've got given me in my ‘work’ of
propagating the Dhamma. eventually my certain due to 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 loose from physical
and psychological discomfort. could all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and observe Nibbana. may possibly all of the benefits from
this booklet 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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One who loves the Dhamma (or any other virtuous spiritual teachings) prospers, whereas the person who is averse to it declines. One who favours the vicious and avoids the virtuous. One who prefers wickedness over goodness. One who deceives virtuous people and spiritual teachers with lies. 53 Each of the twelve causes of downfall shuts a person off from the path of material and spiritual progress, and will eventually lead to unhappiness and suffering. All the causes of downfall are also recipes for financial disaster.
It does not matter whether they are young or old as long as they are virtuous, charitable and have wisdom and spirituality. In this way, he or she will be positively influenced and thus live in the right way. One should be aware of one’s income and expenses and live within one’s means. One should be neither extravagant nor miserly, and ensure that one’s income will be more than one’s expenses and not the other way round. Anyone who lives beyond their means will have many problems and soon go to ruin.
It is happiness in assisting the needy and delight in the distribution of donations and alms. This is realization of the impermanent nature of existence, that whatever arises will eventually cease. It is the understanding that leads to enduring peace and happiness. 47 Hardworking and being careful at one’s work, Managing properly one’s wealth, Living a balanced life, Protecting what one has built up. With spiritual confidence and steeped in virtue, Generous and free from greed, One always strives to clear the way to happiness for future lives.