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

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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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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