Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

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Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Postby Guy » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:26 pm

Hi guys,

Can you think of any worldly sayings which are in contradiction to the Dhamma?

I can think of two...
"Ignorance is bliss"
and "You only live once"

With Metta,

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm
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Re: Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:29 pm

'drink in moderation'
"Only those who take to meditation with good intentions can be assured of success. With the development of the purity and the power of the mind backed by the insight into the ultimate truth of nature, one might be able to do a lot of things in the right direction for the benefit of mankind."

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Re: Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Postby appicchato » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:11 pm

'When in Rome...'
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Re: Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:35 pm

appicchato wrote:'When in Rome...'

Hi Bhante,

True, but in some cases that would apply, for example, the threefold rule, respecting another culture when in a foreign land, skillful means.

But in other cases, yes, that would be inappropriate, such as if "When in Rome" would lead to breaking any of the precepts. :smile:
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