DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka

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DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:52 am

DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta

The householder's code of discipline, as described by the Buddha to the layman Sigala. This sutta offers valuable practical advice for householders on how to conduct themselves skillfully in their relationships with parents, spouses, children, pupils, teachers, employers, employees, friends, and spiritual mentors so as to bring happiness to all concerned.

DN 31 PTS: D iii 180
Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala
The Layperson's Code of Discipline
translated from the Pali by Narada Thera

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html

DN 31 PTS: D iii 180
Sigalovada Sutta: The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka
translated from the Pali by John Kelly, Sue Sawyer, and Victoria Yareham

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .ksw0.html


The Digha Nikaya suttas are rather long, and it seems a little pointless to cut and paste the text here, since the formatting is much better if you read them on the Access to Insight site.

This particular Sutta collects together a huge amount of advice on how lay people should conduct themselves and finally re-defines worshipping the six directions in terms of the development of relationships.

I reall Bhikkhu Bodhi saying in some talk or other that it was suttas such as this one with practical advice about how one should conduct one's life, look after one's parents, and so on that really convinced him of the Buddha's wisdom, not the deep suttas on dependent origination and so on...

Unfortunately, I can't locate that particular talk right now. Perhaps someone else recalls it?

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Re: DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka

Postby cooran » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:53 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka

Postby daverupa » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:28 am

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Some of the items, such as offering alms for departed parents, strike me as uncharacteristically cultural. The formatting of the Sutta also looks as though a lot was added after the Buddha gave the first 18 items. I'm not sure what to make of it, although it does seem to provide a lot of detail about Right Livelihood, which is often simply referred to as "abstain from wrong livelihood". Perhaps any additions are versions that applied to another region's particular features?

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Re: DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:23 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:53 pm

The east loves this type of advice and follows it- but forgets the meditation. Vice versa in the west I suspect.

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