Excerpts from theTeaching of Buddha
The following passages are excerpted from a wonderful book calledTeaching of Buddha. They are in the section of the book called "The Way of Practical Attainment".
It has long been my opinion that these passages present, in a concise fashion, the essence of the physical disciplines required by the devoted Buddhist practitioner.
Long ago, I memorized all these teachings, and I try to keep them in mind constantly. What possible fault could a Jew, Christian or Muslim find in a single word of them? Are they not the very same disciplines we in the West have been teaching our own children for millennia?
Three Ways Of Practice
For those who seek Enlightenment there are three ways of practice that must be understood and followed: First, disciplines for practical behavior; second, right concentration of mind; and third, wisdom.
What are disciplines? Everyone, whether he is a common man or a way-seeker, should follow the precepts for good behavior. He should control both his mind and his body, and guard the gates of his five senses. He should be afraid of even a trifling evil, and, from moment to moment, he should endeavor to practice only good deeds.
What is meant by the concentration of mind? It means to get quickly away from greedy and evil desires as they arise, and to hold the mind pure and tranquil.
What is wisdom? It is the ability to perfectly understand and to patiently accept the Fourfold Noble Truth:
Exposition of the Four-fold Noble Truth
Life which is not free of desire and passion is always involved with distress. This is called the Truth of Suffering.
The cause of human suffering is undoubtedly found in the thirsts of the physical body and in the illusions of worldly passion. If these thirsts and illusions are traced to their source, they are found to be rooted in the intense desires of physical instincts. Thus, desire, having a strong will-to-live as its basis, seeks that which it feels desirable, even if it is sometimes death. This is called the Truth of the Cause of Suffering.
If desire, which lies at the root of all human passion, can be removed, then passion will die out, and all human suffering will be ended. This is called the Truth of the Cessation of Suffering.
The Eight-Fold Noble Path
Exposition of the Eight-fold Noble Path
Those who follow these three ways of practice (i.e., disciplines for practical behavior, right concentration of mind, and wisdom) may rightly call themselves the disciples of Buddha.
The 4 points of view to be considered
The four points of view to be considered are:
The Four Right Procedures
One must endeavor to keep these four procedures.
The Five Faculties Of Power
The five faculties of power are:
These five faculties are necessary powers for anyone who wishes to obtain Enlightenment.
The Perfection Of Six Practices
The perfection of six practices for reaching the "other shore" of Enlightenment are:
These are explained thusly:
The practice of Precepts keeps one thoughtful of the rights and comforts of others.
The practice of Endurance helps one to control a fearful or angry mind.
The practice of Endeavor helps one to be diligent and faithful.
The practice of Wisdom changes a dark and confused mind into a clear and penetrating insight.
By following these paths, one can surely pass from the shore of delusion over to the shore of Enlightenment.
The Four Unlimited States of Mind
There are Four Unlimited States of Mind that the seeker of Enlightenment should cherish:
These are explained thusly:
One can remove greed by cherishing compassion.
One can remove anger by tenderness.
One can remove suffering by gladness.
One can remove the habit of discrimination of enemies and friends by cherishing an equitable mind.
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Book: The Teaching of Buddha
The Teaching of Buddha is the most concise and all-inclusive Buddhist reference I know of, and I strongly recommend it to all. It is published by the Buddhist Promoting Foundation (Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai), an organization established by Mr. Yehan Numata, who was the founder of the Mitutoyo Corporation, a manufacturer of precision measuring instruments. Mr. Numata was an Eastern "Gideon", who used his wealth to spread the word of Buddha throughout the world. Consequently, his book may now be found in many hotel rooms in the Orient, just as the Gideon Bible is found in the West. In America, The Teaching of Buddha may readily be obtained from: The Society for Buddhist Understanding, 16925, E. Gale Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91745. The book is free, although a contribution is appreciated. The Internet address of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai is: http://www.BuddhistReading.com/bdk.html.
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