By TY Lee
Except the regularly Buddhist international locations in Asia
where Buddhism continues to be robust, it really is becoming at an
explosive velocity in the USA and lots of eu countries,
and is at the moment the quickest starting to be faith in Australia.
Modern and proficient individuals are more and more finding
a want for religious teachings without fanciful stories
and myths, loose from threats of punishments, and
without ideals which move opposed to technology and reason.
Simple religion and worship aren't any longer adequate 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 excellent examples of such teachings. They are
sensible, with no trouble acceptable and result in either personal
improvement and progress, and religious development and
development. This publication relies on those 4 suttas.
I desire to advertise a better knowing of Buddhism
by proposing those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour so they can
be preferred through extra humans. I had inspiration it priceless to
also have those 4 suttas compiled into one compact
book for the straightforward reference of all working towards Buddhists and
for the ease of all scholars of Buddhism. As such,
the more often than not on hand translations by means of Ven. Narada Thera
are additionally incorporated 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 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 relatively in contrast to our own.
Therefore, in response to the purpose to make the lessons more
accessible and straightforward 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 straightforward to learn. even if, the movement and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I want to show my inner most gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his assistance and never-ending endurance, 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 so that it will 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 publication. All errors, mistakes and omissions are
mine by myself, and that i can be chuffed to listen to from somebody who
can right them, in order that this booklet should be more advantageous on.
Thanks additionally visit all my lecturers and neighbors 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. ultimately my specified due to the
people around the world who've made ‘Just be Good’
so winning and for assisting to unfold the Dhamma
wherever they are.
May all Beings be good and chuffed, and unfastened from physical
and psychological pain. may perhaps all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and observe Nibbana. may perhaps all of the advantages from
this publication be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to assist safeguard and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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It includes the most basic blessings, or qualities, each person should have, and leads gradually to the higher qualities required to attain 56 the ultimate blessing of Nibbana. 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.
Most people do not even know that they are on the wrong path, much less being aware of the right path that they should take. The wrong path is that of immorality, greed and ignorance. The right path is that of virtue, generosity and wisdom. It is thus a great blessing to know the right path, and to set oneself on this path of material and spiritual progress. 59 This group of blessings relate to our preparations for adult and family life and are the factors necessary for a successful, balanced and wholesome material life.
Each group reflects the personal and spiritual evolution of each individual, and the qualities needed for further progress. This teaching is thus a very detailed guide for individual development. It is set out in a logical and well structured sequence such that each group of blessings helps to lay the foundations for further blessings. It includes the most basic blessings, or qualities, each person should have, and leads gradually to the higher qualities required to attain 56 the ultimate blessing of Nibbana.