Uposatha; Sutta Excerpt and Thoughts

Today being the New Moon Uposatha day for August, I have decided to share a brief excerpt I discovered during my sutta readings.

Patient forebearance is the highest sacrifice,
Supreme is Nibbana, so say the Buddhas.
He’s not ‘one gone forth’ who hurts others,
No ascetic who harms another.
Not to do any evil, but cultivate the good,
To purify one’s mind, this the Buddhas teach.
Not insulting, not harming, restraint according to rule,
Moderation in food, seclusion of dwelling,
Devotion to high thinking, this the Buddhas teach.

excerpt from Digha Nikaya: Sutta 14

This is what Buddhism is about, in a nutshell — not selfish pride, sectarianism, nor politicizing. It isn’t about proclaiming that you have attained mastery over a particular problem in your life (call it sin, or whatever), or self-righteously informing others that they will “end up in hell” if they fail to follow your path, but it certainly is about patiently and tirelessly working towards the greater good and goal of eliminating suffering, respecting life and its requisites, lovingkindness towards all beings, restraint with regard to the pleasures in life, and higher learning (both spritual and otherwise).

Sure, there is a lot of deeper meaning, but if I had to find a way to express what Buddhism “is” in 200 words or less, this excerpt is what would come to mind.

I hope you are well today and at peace, my friends. I will write again soon.

Advertisements

2 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this extract. A good reminder to those on the path.

    1. Your welcome, friend. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

BuddhistPoetry

Now..... Free... Peace.....

The Art of Manliness

Contemplative Thoughts

One Man And His Mustang

A Classic '66 Ford Mustang Coupe v8 Full Restoration Guide

The Good Sit

An accessible guide to mindfulness meditation

Applied Buddhism

Applying Buddhism to Everyday Living

Lucas Henriksson

A Joyful Heart

Exploring Life

Be kind, be compassionate

Follow the Wheel: Journey of a Modern Wanderer

Camping, hiking, meditating, and philosophizing across America

Buddhist Global Relief

Worldwide relief funded by a Buddhist organization

Harmony In Motion

The universe in the form of a human girl

%d bloggers like this: