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Postby befriend » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:48 pm

what does it mean when it says "but uses that wealth while being tied to it, infatuated with it, and blindly absorbed in it"?

“The one enjoying sensual pleasures who seeks wealth righteously, without violence, and makes himself happy and pleased, and shares it and does meritorious deeds, but uses that wealth while being tied to it, infatuated with it, and blindly absorbed in it, not seeing the danger in it and understanding the escape—he may be praised on three grounds and criticized on one ground. The first ground on which he may be praised is that he seeks wealth righteously, without violence. The second ground on which he may be praised is that he makes himself happy and pleased. The third ground on which he may be praised is that he shares the wealth and does meritorious deeds. The one ground on which he may be criticized is that he uses that wealth while being tied to it, infatuated with it, and blindly absorbed in it, not seeing the danger in it and understanding the escape. This one enjoying sensual pleasures may be praised on these three grounds and criticized on this one ground.
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Re: sutta question

Postby chownah » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:19 pm

It means he is too attached to his wealth.
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Re: sutta question

Postby Tom » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:56 pm

Can anyone provide where this passage comes from?
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Postby mikenz66 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:59 pm

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Re: sutta question

Postby daverupa » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:01 pm

ccharles wrote:Can anyone provide where this passage comes from?


AN 10.91

These, householder, are the ten kinds of persons who enjoy sensual pleasures found existing in the world. Of these ten, the foremost, the best, the preeminent, the supreme, and the finest is the one enjoying sensual pleasures who seeks wealth righteously, without violence, and having obtained it, makes himself happy and pleased; and shares the wealth and does meritorious deeds; and uses that wealth without being tied to it, infatuated with it, and blindly absorbed in it, seeing the danger in it and understanding the escape.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: sutta question

Postby Tom » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:07 pm

Thanks
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