porpoise wrote:What in your view is the most important bit of dharma?
Please select one item only from the various lists, eg one element from the 8-fold path, or one of the 3 characteristics or 5 precepts, etc.
I'm going for the 3rd Noble Truth.
David N. Snyder wrote:How can I choose only one?
Samma Ditthi (Right Understanding)
That covers everything; understanding of the Four Noble Truths, the way to end suffering, and the Path out of suffering.
But with the state of the world at present, I'd have to say the most important thing the Dhamma has to offer right now is Compassion.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:The most important bit is the one that you're able to make use of at the moment.
Kenshou wrote:Hmm, what exactly do you mean by that? The dhamma doesn't work anymore and so we should just work on gaining merit? Or, people these days are nastier than they used to be, so we better put alotta extra effort into counteracting that? Or we're all more depressed so we should be kinder? For what reason is compassion more important than in the past?
Upaddha Sutta, SN 45.2 wrote:'Lord, this spiritual friendship, spiritual companionship and spiritual intimacy is no less than half of the spiritual life.' 'Say not so, Ananda,' the Buddha replies. 'It is the whole, not the half of the spiritual life.'
OcTavO wrote: We're interwoven and interdependent in ways we never were before.
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