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This sutra contains many favorite gems:
“You should be mindful of the four elements within the body. Though each has a name, none of them is the self. Since they are not the self, they are like an illusion.”
“When you see someone who is practicing giving, aid him joyfully, and you will obtain vast and great blessings. ”
“Patience under insult is the greatest strength, because people who are patient do not harbor hatred, and they gradually grow more peaceful and strong…”
“Dharma is the mindfulness that is both mindfulness and non-mindfulness. It is the practice that is both practice and non-practice. It is words that are words and non- words, and cultivation that is cultivation and non-cultivation…”
“There are people who follow emotion and desire and seek to be famous. By the time their reputation is established, they are already dead…”
“How long is the human life span?” He replied, he length of a single breath.” The Buddha said, “Excellent. You have understood…”
“Be careful not to believe your own mind; your mind is not to be believed…”
Many of the teachings of the Buddha directly related to the life of a renunciate, an Arhat or a monk. Although he taught path and conduct for lay followers, the Sutra in Forty-Two Sections is focused heavily on the “Bhikshus” and monk community, with prohibitions on sex and having a family. Here, we excerpt the precious advice of the Buddha — focusing on the sections that relate to lay followers and people who are not ready to take full vows as a monk.
[Full English-translated excerpt below (excludes sections with specific advice for monks.)
Buddha teaching the monks.
Sutra in Forty-Two Sections
Having attained Buddhahood, the World-honored One thought thus: “To be free from the passions and to be calm, this is the most excellent Way.
He was absorbed in Great Meditation, subdued all evil ones, and in Deer Park caused to revolve the Wheel of Dharma, which was the Fourfold Truth and converted the five Bhikshus, Kaudinya, etc., introducing them to attain Enlightenment.
Again, there were other Bhikshus who implored the Buddha to remove their doubts, which they had concerning his doctrine. The World-honored One illumined all their minds through his authoritative teachings. The Bhikshus, joining their hands and reverentially bowing, followed his august instructions.
Clarifying Good and Evil
The Buddha said, “Living beings may perform Ten Good Deeds or Ten Evil Deeds. What are the ten? Three are done with the body, four are done with the mouth, and three are done with the mind. The three done with the body are killing, stealing, and lust. The four done with the mouth are duplicity, harsh speech, lies,
By: Lee Kane
Title: Sutra in Forty-Two Sections — excerpts of timeless wisdom and practice advice from the World Honoured One
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Published Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:52:13 +0000