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Re: Don't worry...

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Greetings,
Jarmika wrote:Don't worry about something that has not happened yet......
Indeed. Don't worry, but do prepare...
One who builds wealth in this way
Is ready for family and household.
The wealth should be divided into four parts
So that he or she will always have good friends and a favourable life.

One part should be spent and enjoyed as the fruits of work,
Perhaps to use a portion to help the needy and less fortunate.
Two parts should be used to conduct or invest in one’s own business.
One part to save in case of misfortune.
Source: DN 31 c/- http://www.justbegood.net/Blessings03Guide02.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Dhp 121-122 wrote:Think lightly not of evil,
‘It will not come to me’,
for by the falling of water drops
a water jar is filled.
The fool with evil fills himself,
he soaks up little by little.

Think lightly not of goodness,
‘It will not come to me’,
for by the falling of water drops
a water jar is filled.
The sage with goodness fills himself,
he soaks up little by little.
Source: Dhammapada - http://www.buddhanet.net/dhammapada/d_evil.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

"Overcome the liar by truth." (Dhp 223)
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Goodness practice..

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Goodness is it to practice taming the mind.... :buddha1:
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The Middle Way Within...

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The teaching of Buddhism is about giving up evil and practising good.Then, when evil is given up and goodness is established, we must let go of both good and evil .We have already heard enough about the Middle Way , that is , the path to transcend both of those things....
All the Dhamma talks and teaching of the Buddha have one aim - to show the way out of suffering to those who have not yet escaped...
The teaching are for the purpose of giving us the right understanding...If we don't understand rightly,,then we can't arrive at peace...

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Thinking..

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We use thinking as a tool, but the knowing that arises because of its use is above and beyond the process of thinking; it leads to our not being fooled by our thinking any more. You recognize that all thinking is merely the movement of the mind, and also that knowing is not born and doesn't die. What do you think all this movement called 'mind' comes out of? What we talk about as the mind -- all the activity -- is just the conventional mind. It's not the real mind at all. What is real just IS, it's not arising and it's not passing away. Trying to understand these things just by talking about them, though, won't work. We need to really consider impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and impersonality (anicca, dukkha, anatta); that is, we need to use thinking to contemplate the nature of conventional reality. What comes out of this work is wisdom -- and emptiness. Even though there may still be thinking, it's empty -- you are not affected by it. :buddha1:
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The Essence of Buddha's Teaching

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Buddha said:

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

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Re: The Essence of Buddha's Teaching

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While certainly a nice sutta, it was spoken to the Kalamas and not to the Buddha's deciples. Therefore, I think it can hardly be called the essence of the Buddha's teachings. The Buddha was not an agnost.

I'd say the essence of his teachings are the four noble truths. This is also why this was the topic of the first sermon.
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