Category Archives: Precepts

Actions and results

The third of the five Laws of Nature that describe the full spectrum of karma is the one we are probably most familiar with: our individual intentions and actions, the effects that take shape due to our choices. In the … Continue reading

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Truthfulness

We’ve come to the end of our consideration of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, and when I contemplate it all together, it strikes me that truthfulness is the foundation of social harmony. Without truthfulness, … Continue reading

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Our actions make us

One is not a brahmin by birth, nor by birth a non-brahmin. By action one becomes a brahmin, by action one becomes a non-brahmin. One becomes a farmer by action, by action one becomes a craftsman. One becomes a merchant … Continue reading

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Social heirarchy

The Buddha talks about social status in several suttas. At the beginning of MN 96, a Brahmin outlines who is allowed to serve whom, according to the caste system in place at the time. The Buddha replies (in part): I … Continue reading

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Making a living

The Buddha addressed the issue of how householders acquire and manage their money in several different suttas. Like most things, we can relate to our income and expenditures in healthy or unhealthy ways. In general, we try to avoid obsession … Continue reading

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Employers and employees

Having covered the four cardinal directions (N, S, E, and W), we come now to the nadir, or lower direction. In this case the Buddha describes a wholesome relationship between people who are not equally powerful in a particular situation. … Continue reading

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Our relationships

Following along in Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, we move our focus now from intentional communities to “natural” communities. These start with family and extend outward to all the other relationships in our lives. … Continue reading

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