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Bragging/Boasting

Postby Bonbu » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:09 pm

Hello everyone. I would like to know what the Buddha had to say on the topic of bragging. How unwholesome is it to do so? Let's say for example one day someone wins the lottery or gets a job promotion or something, would it be very unwholesome to brag about it to your family and friends?
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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby plwk » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:25 pm

If these are of any help.... 1 2
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby Fede » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:36 pm

I would say it comes under Right View, Right Intention Right Speech, and the fourth precept.

I think they pretty much cover it.....

Also, see what is given here....

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl014.html
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Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby cooran » Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:13 pm

Bonbu wrote:Hello everyone. I would like to know what the Buddha had to say on the topic of bragging. How unwholesome is it to do so? Let's say for example one day someone wins the lottery or gets a job promotion or something, would it be very unwholesome to brag about it to your family and friends?

Hello Bonbu,

This may simply be happily and excitedly sharing good news.

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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby Bonbu » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:17 am

cooran wrote:
Bonbu wrote:Hello everyone. I would like to know what the Buddha had to say on the topic of bragging. How unwholesome is it to do so? Let's say for example one day someone wins the lottery or gets a job promotion or something, would it be very unwholesome to brag about it to your family and friends?

Hello Bonbu,

This may simply be happily and excitedly sharing good news.

with metta
Chris


What about proudly sharing evil news?
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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:56 am

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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby Nibbida » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:08 am

Self-aggrandizing is contrary to the purpose of gaining insight into anatta. The separate sense of self is an illusory phenomenon, and self-aggrandizing only serves to inflate the illusion.
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Re: Bragging/Boasting

Postby Tyler » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:59 pm

DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta
This sutta includes Buddha's advice to the lay practitioner. One section describes four types of "enemies described as friends." Bragging/Boasting seems to be a cause or effect of the characteristics of a not-so-good friend:

15. "Young man, be aware of these four enemies disguised as friends: the taker, the talker, the flatterer, and the reckless companion.

16. "The taker can be identified by four things: by only taking, asking for a lot while giving little, performing duty out of fear, and offering service in order to gain something.

17. "The talker can be identified by four things: by reminding of past generosity, promising future generosity, mouthing empty words of kindness, and protesting personal misfortune when called on to help.

18. "The flatterer can be identified by four things: by supporting both bad and good behavior indiscriminately, praising you to your face, and putting you down behind your back.

19. "The reckless companion can be identified by four things: by accompanying you in drinking, roaming around at night, partying, and gambling."



Bragging/Boasting doesn't seem to be a cause or effect of the characteristics of a good friend:

21. "Young man, be aware of these four good-hearted friends: the helper, the friend who endures in good times and bad, the mentor, and the compassionate friend.

22. "The helper can be identified by four things: by protecting you when you are vulnerable, and likewise your wealth, being a refuge when you are afraid, and in various tasks providing double what is requested.

23. "The enduring friend can be identified by four things: by telling you secrets, guarding your own secrets closely, not abandoning you in misfortune, and even dying for you.

24. "The mentor can be identified by four things: by restraining you from wrongdoing, guiding you towards good actions, telling you what you ought to know, and showing you the path to heaven.

25. "The compassionate friend can be identified by four things: by not rejoicing in your misfortune, delighting in your good fortune, preventing others from speaking ill of you, and encouraging others who praise your good qualities."
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