Category Archives: Relationships

Instructions to a leader

In DN 5, translated below by Bhikkhu Bodhi, the Buddha tells a story from ancient times that involves a rich King, Mahavijita, wondering how best to use his accumulated wealth and the advice he got from his chaplain. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Who’s the chief?

When cattle are crossing a ford, if the chief bull goes crookedly, all the others go crookedly because their leader has gone crookedly. So, too, among human beings, when the one considered the chief behaves unrighteously, other people do so … 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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Our most valuable relationships

We come now to the last of the six relationships described in the Sigalovada sutta, our moral leaders and teachers, those who inspire us. There are five ways in which a man should minister to ascetics and brahmins as the … 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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