Aug 12, 2016

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ONE LIFE ONE MANTRA – 8. SELF-DETERMINATION ON SPIRITUAL DESTINY (TỰ QUYẾT ĐỊNH VẬN MỆNH TÂM LINH)

Buddhist laymen should attempt to keep five precepts to be reborn in the realm of Human (no killing or harming of living beings, no sexual misconduct, no stealing, no lying and no abuse of intoxicating substances); ten good deeds to be reborn in the realm of Brahma (no killing or harming of living beings, no sexual misconduct, no stealing, no lying, no dis-unifying, no cruel speaking, no double-tongue talk, no greedy, no hatred and no ignorance). It should be known that abiding by commandments also means we are creating good karmas. It’s clearly a long-term self-improvement to turn the endeavor of keeping precepts into natural habits of body, speech and mind. Quite frankly, it’s hard to follow those precepts in reality. For instance, the ideal man in Confucian perspective must shows five constant virtues (benevolence, propriety, uprightness, wisdom and faithfulness) which are equivalent to five precepts of lay Buddhists. A priest, typical of devout Christian, must obey ten commandments of God which correspond with seven of ten good karmas in Buddhism. Nevertheless, very rarely do we meet a paragon of morality in Confucian or Christian perspective nowadays, not to mention a virtuous bhikkhu who is able to follow over 200 Buddhist rules.

A corner of Song Nguyen Tantra House (Một góc Mật gia Song Nguyễn)


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