No_Mind wrote: ↑Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:07 pm
If one lives very strictly in line with the Dhamma (dot all i's and cross all t's) it means giving up not only lust, greed and similar but also other important things that matter a lot ..
Such as networking .. online or offline .. (networking leads to mental proliferation)
Such as knowing/cultivating people who might come in handy later on .. being more nice than necessary to the neighborhood doctor .. because one might get corona ..
Being nice to nasty friends and relatives .. who knows when one might become unemployed and need help .. can't tell them they are right wing pigs .. have to nod when they espouse their wish to commence a pogrom against Muslims or something equally disgusting.
and so on ..
Basically being Dhammic means tossing out socializing and throwing all babies out with the social bath water (the babies that help us to survive in a society)
Living "very strictly in line with the Dhamma" probably means becoming a monk. There is a great deal more leeway if one is a householder, and all of the things you mention could be done by a sincere practitioner, but with the right intention and with no need to pretend things in order to gain personal security. If we know that our life is precarious and fragile, then we can take steps to protect our health and our livelihood without needing to pretend.
In your experience and understanding does the Dhamma protect and shield those who accept it with complete trust, faith, saddha?
Yes, in my experience it does. In my evening chanting book there is the phrase:
The Dhamma upholds those who uphold it from falling into delusion
I don't know which sutta/s that is from, but someone probably does. And in the Reflections on Sharing Blessings it has:
"Unsurpassed is the protection of the Dhamma"
There is also, of course, the Mahamangalasutta:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
We go for refuge to the Dhamma. It may not give us the protection that we think we need - it won't ensure that people magically pop up in order to meet our needs - but it will guarantee that we do not commit wrongdoing.