Sep 18, 2015

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Contemplation on “Fourteen Grievous Failures of a Buddhist Practitioner” – PREFACE (Đôi điều suy ngẫm về 14 thất bại trầm trọng của người tu – Dẫn đề)

Contemplation on “Fourteen Grievous Failures of a Buddhist Practitioner” Lesson 1: PREFACE Through the article “A Chance to Meet Dharma”, my disciple, Mat Thai Duong, told a story about painful failures in her life. However, she felt thankful for such adversities for having brought her to the door of Holy Order. Mat Thai Duong has now been living a happy and peaceful life as a Buddhist practitioner. Often an ordinary person and a practitioner have different view of the failure, also known as a kind of suffering (dukkha). So what does failure mean? There exists no common definition as people have different perceptions of what failure is. One may possess worldly fame and success but under the prism of Buddhism, he falls on extremes of either “Nihilism” (Ucchedavada) or “Eternalism” (Sassatavada), which is considered a failure of the Buddhist practitioner, and vice versa. By this point, the practitioner needs use

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