By TY Lee
Except the routinely Buddhist nations in Asia
where Buddhism is still robust, it's starting to be at an
explosive velocity in the US and lots of ecu countries,
and is presently the quickest becoming faith in Australia.
Modern and proficient individuals are more and more finding
a want for religious teachings with out fanciful stories
and myths, loose from threats of punishments, and
without ideals which cross opposed to technology and reason.
Simple religion and worship aren't any longer sufficient during this day
and age. Buddhism with its functional 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 first-class examples of such teachings. They are
sensible, conveniently appropriate and result in either personal
improvement and progress, and non secular growth and
development. This booklet relies on those 4 suttas.
I desire to advertise a better realizing 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 concept it helpful to
also have those 4 suttas compiled into one compact
book for the simple reference of all practising Buddhists and
for the ease of all scholars of Buddhism. As such,
the in most cases on hand 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 skim. but if written
down, those recitations occasionally make for tricky reading.
This is principally so once they originated greater than 2,500
years in the past in stipulations very various from that of our
current age, and in a language rather in contrast to 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 latest 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. notwithstanding, the move 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 inner most 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 with a purpose to paintings with Ms. Sylvia Bay
on this publication. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her labor at the layout and
layout of this e-book. All blunders, blunders and omissions are
mine on my own, and that i could be satisfied to listen to from somebody who
can right them, in order that this ebook could be greater on.
Thanks additionally visit all my lecturers and associates 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 all of the support they've got given me in my ‘work’ of
propagating the Dhamma. eventually my particular because of the
people world wide 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 soreness. could all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and notice Nibbana. may possibly the entire advantages from
this publication be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to aid shield and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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These omens included seeing certain sights, hearing certain names mentioned, and encountering certain smells or tastes. The Buddha did not reply directly to the question but used it to deliver one of his most exquisite and comprehensive teachings. In his answer, he did not say what the best omens are, but instead explained what the true blessings in life are, and how we can obtain these blessings for ourselves. Thus instead of looking out for superstitious signs or portents in the hope of getting luck and fortune, the Buddha said that we can create our own good fortune or blessings.
6] This would mean that teachers should help their students by putting them in touch with their own connections. By doing so their students will get to know the right people 36 when furthering their studies, or when looking for jobs. The Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago, already saw the importance of social networking!  In a culture where males were very dominant and females usually treated as second-class citizens or worse, the Buddha advocated a change in mindset and attitudes towards women, promoting equality between partners.
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. To lead others along the same path of accomplishment will bring complete and absolute success to any individual. Generosity, pleasant speech, Being helpful to others, Treating all with fairness, At every place and as each case demands. These four winning ways hold the world together, Like the lynchpin of a moving carriage.
A Life of Blessings by TY Lee