Friday, February 22, 2013

What is a Good 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?
By avoiding all killing, all stealing, all sexual abuse, lying, all drinking & drugging,
which causes neglect, one becomes a
Pure Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Faithful Disciple?
By placing faith in the perfect enlightenment of theTathāgata thus:

Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-enlightened is the Buddha! ... teacher and
guide of gods and humans, exalted, & awakened ...  one is a
Faithful Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Generous Disciple?Living mentally devoid of stinginess, liberal, open-handed, delighting in donation,
devoted to charity, enjoying all giving and 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.

The Good Lay Disciple!
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest! Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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