The Buddha recognized
that not everyone is ready, or even suited for a life centred on intensive
spiritual practice. Most are
content with being part of a household, running their businesses, taking
part in social activities and having a good time.
He said that there is nothing wrong with people enjoying their
families, their material possessions and taking pleasure in life.
However, he stressed
that the pursuit of our own happiness should not be at the expense of
others. Such happiness will
be short-lived and lead ultimately to our own suffering.
By helping and bringing happiness unconditionally to others, our own happiness will not only be
preserved, but maintained for a long time to come.
Anyone can see that many
of the teachings here are just plain common-sense.
Unfortunately not all of us apply this common-sense to our daily
lives! The teachings here
point out and remind us of how we should lead our lives, for our own
well-being, and also for the well-being of our society.
and following these teachings virtually guarantees peace and happiness for
ourselves, our family and our community.
This creates the conditions for even more peace and happiness in
this present life, and for many future lives too.
And for those who sincerely and
diligently practice these teachings, attaining the ultimate blessing of
Nibbana is only a matter of time.
Give the Buddha’s
teachings a try. Make an
effort and experience the results for yourself.
And if the teachings work for you, share them with your friends and
family for their own benefit too.
The Buddha has shown the way.
just need to walk the Path!