Cultivating and learning

Update: 27/08/2020

Cultivating and learning


Once upon a time, the Blessed lived in LocUyen Park, Isipatana, near Benares, where he taught five monks as following: 

“Hey  bhikkhu, there are two extremes that all monastics must avoid:
1. The easy thinking way in sensual pleasures. It is lowly, vulgar, mundane, unworthy of the virtues of the saints and it is useless.
2. The passionate attachment style of asceticism is suffering, unvalued virtues of saints, and it is useless. 

Abandoning both extremes, the Tathagata has realized the middle way, which brings vision and knowledge, leading to tranquility, sublime wisdom, enlightenment and Nirvana.
Dear bhikkhu! What does the realized middle way, which brings vision and knowledge, leading to tranquility, sublime wisdom, enlightenment and Nirvana mean? It is the Eightfold Path, the Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Life, Right Diligence, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration. All monks, that is the middle way that I (the Tathagata) has realized. (Correspondence Set V, chapter 12, Corresponding Truth, Zhuan Falun).

Buddha escaped from samsara by the middle way is the Eightfold Path. In Indian society, there are many religions, but in general, there are only two paths: benefits and asceticism. Our Bodhisattva had practiced hardly for six years to attain the attainment of Right Enlightenment. Then, he claimed that asceticism is an extreme and so is beneficial. Away from these two extremes, the Buddha taught about the Eightfold Path, the true eight-branch path.

Those who have been learning Buddha and understood the Buddha had to live in the way of being worldly but free from worldly dust. Improve the knowledge of the dharma and practice, so that you will have the chance to be born in the place where you can meet the Buddha Dharma, to meet the true practitioners and follow your practice. Because it is also an ordinary person, as in the Basic Dharma Discourse, Buddha defined that people who rarely hear, cannot see the saints, do not master the dharma of the saints, do not practice the Dharma of the Saints; do not see the true human beings, do not see master the dharma of the true human beings, do not practice the dharma of the true human beings; all things the Buddha knew caught as much as leaves in the jungle, what has he taught was little. What we do know about his teaching is a sand in the desert; sometimes, we doubt the Buddha and the dharma. Therefore, we should learn and understand in the right way. That is essential to be a true Buddhist disciple.
Tâm Đẳng
 Translated into English by Lê Thiên Ân

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