I think it's worth noting that the Buddha did not say we "should" do anything (as in "Thou shalt not"). Also like Mike noted, that verse is really directed at monks - not for lay people who are married and have jobs. It's important to understand the context of the verse. Remember that the practice is a gradual training:
"Suppabuddha the leper, he gave a step-by-step talk, i.e., a talk on giving, a talk on virtue, a talk on heaven; he declared the drawbacks, degradation, & corruption of sensual passions, and the rewards of renunciation. Then when he saw that Suppabuddha the leper's mind was ready, malleable, free from hindrances, elated, & bright, he then gave the Dhamma-talk peculiar to Awakened Ones, i.e., stress, origination, cessation, & path. And just as a clean cloth, free of stains, would properly absorb a dye, in the same way, as Suppabuddha the leper was sitting in that very seat, the dustless, stainless Dhamma eye arose within him, "Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation."http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... ml#gradual
fragrant herbs wrote:Hi,
You wrote: It might be a swifter process fragrant herbs if you tell us what your interpretation is, as you seem by implication to bring one to the discussion.
the way i see it is that you should not socialize very much, not have children, not get married, not have sympathy for friends hardships, basically meditate and read Buddha's teachings. I took the precepts, but i am surprised to read this. it seems that Buddha wants us to be detached from life in general unless it envolves doing all you can to become enlightened. it also makes sense why Buddha left his wife and wandered. Thanks for all your answers.
But to me it feels like we are shunning life; instead it seems like we should develop loving relationships, have a family and friends, be giving in many ways, have sympathy for those in need and help them. That life is about developing these things. So reading this the other day rather surprised me. I heard about the Rhino story, but only in that if you do not have a sangha and therefore no one to talk to about Buddhism, then go your own way, do it alone. I didn't realize it entailed all the other.