By TY Lee
Except the often Buddhist nations in Asia
where Buddhism is still powerful, it truly is turning out to be at an
explosive speed in the US and plenty of ecu countries,
and is at present the quickest turning out to be faith in Australia.
Modern and knowledgeable individuals are more and more finding
a want for non secular teachings without fanciful stories
and myths, unfastened from threats of punishments, and
without ideals which move opposed to technology and reason.
Simple religion and worship are not any longer adequate during this day
and age. Buddhism with its useful and consistent
teachings and its relevance to way of life, is ready to satisfy
intelligent and enquiring minds, and therefore appeals very
much to our present-day society. The Sigalovada Sutta,
Vyagghapajja Sutta, Parabhava Sutta and Mangala Sutta
are all first-class examples of such teachings. They are
sensible, with no trouble acceptable and result in either personal
improvement and development, and religious growth and
development. This e-book is predicated on those 4 suttas.
I wish to advertise a better realizing of Buddhism
by proposing those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour so they can
be preferred by way of extra humans. I had concept it priceless to
also have those 4 suttas compiled into one compact
book for the straightforward reference of all training Buddhists and
for the ease of all scholars of Buddhism. As such,
the usually to be had translations by means of Ven. Narada Thera
are additionally incorporated within the Appendix.
The Buddha’s teachings have been initially memorized and
recited instead of written down and skim. but if written
down, those recitations occasionally make for tricky reading.
This is principally so after they originated greater than 2,500
years in the past in stipulations very various from that of our
current age, and in a language particularly not like our own.
Therefore, in response to the purpose to make the lessons more
accessible and simple to appreciate, those suttas have been
presented in a contemporary context utilizing contemporary
language. they've got additionally been divided into chapters, with
headings, sub-sections and factors inserted to make
them more uncomplicated to learn. even if, the stream and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I wish to convey my private gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his tips and never-ending persistence, Ven. Dr.
I. Indasara Thero for writing the Foreword, Ven. Pannyavaro
Mahathera for reviewing the publication, and to Mr. Leong
Kum Seng and Ms. Han Ah Yew for his or her valuable
suggestions and assist in checking the textual content. i'm also
extremely privileged with the intention to paintings with Ms. Sylvia Bay
on this ebook. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her exertions at the layout and
layout of this booklet. All blunders, mistakes and omissions are
mine by myself, and that i should be chuffed to listen to from a person who
can right them, in order that this publication could be enhanced on.
Thanks additionally visit all my academics and buddies within the Dhamma
for their aid and encouragement from the very
beginning. My gratitude is going to my mom and dad and my wife,
Susan, for all of the aid they've got given me in my ‘work’ of
propagating the Dhamma. eventually my precise due to the
people worldwide who've made ‘Just be Good’
so profitable and for supporting to unfold the Dhamma
wherever they are.
May all Beings be good and chuffed, and loose from physical
and psychological anguish. may well all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and observe Nibbana. could all of the advantages from
this booklet be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to assist safeguard and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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A Life of Blessings by TY Lee