Saturday, October 30, 2010

What is a good Lay Buddhist Disciple?

What is a Good Lay Buddhist Disciple?

The Sakyan Mahānāma  once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, What is a
Lay Disciple?
Having taken refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha, one is a
Lay Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Pure Disciple?
Avoiding all killing, stealing, sexual abuse, lying, and neither drinking any
alcohol nor taking any drugs causing neglect, one is a
Pure Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Faithful Disciple?
faith in the Enlightenment of the Tathāgata thus:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! ... teacher &
guide of gods and humans, exalted, & awakened ...  one is a
Faithful Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Generous Disciple?
Living mentally devoid stinginess, liberal, open-handed, delighting in donation,
devoted to charity, enjoying all giving & sharing, one is a
Generous Disciple!
Venerable Sir, What is a Disciple who Understands?
One who understands the cause of arising & ceasing, which is Noble, decisive,
& which enables eradication of Suffering is a wise
Disciple who Understands! 

The Buddha Gotama's first five disciples (Pañcavaggiyā)

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:395]
Section 55 on Stream-Entry: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 37: Mahānāma.
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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