Putting your wealth in context

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
Posts: 92
Joined: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:44 am

Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby mogg » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:37 am

The funny thing about wealth is, no matter how much you earn, you never feel wealthy. I was making a high income in Australia but so were all my peers so I just felt normal (actually unsatisfied would be more accurate). When I moved to Singapore (and ultimately Hong Kong) I was making many multiples of my previous Australian salary but felt average (unsatisfied) yet again because the goal posts had shifted and all my new peers/friends were making mega-bucks. Its never enough, and you never feel satisfaction.

Now I'm 'retired' and in Thailand trekking the dhamma path. I'm making less money now than I did as a 22 yr old grad...and I feel richer than I ever have :)

Posts: 8014
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:49 am

Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby SarathW » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:47 am

Hi Mogg
I wish that everyone in this world understand what you said. We understand this mainly we are rich unfortunately.
Even Buddha realise this being a prince. People think that there is a correlation with wealth and happiness.
:) They are too different things.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 17855
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:48 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

Posts: 6161
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:19 pm

Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby chownah » Sat May 04, 2013 2:34 pm

Putting your wealth in context, using the Ariya-Vampsa sutta as the context:
Any old lodging will do
Any old food will do
Any old clothing will do

Posts: 48
Joined: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:34 pm

Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby Dennenappelmoes » Sat May 04, 2013 9:11 pm

Return to “Sīla”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine