Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

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Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Post by Guy » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:26 pm

Hi guys,

Can you think of any worldly sayings which are in contradiction to the Dhamma?

I can think of two...
"Ignorance is bliss"
and "You only live once"

With Metta,

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Post by Ben » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:29 pm

'drink in moderation'
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Post by appicchato » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:11 pm

'When in Rome...'

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Re: Worldly Sayings vs Buddhist Wisdom

Post by DNS » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:35 pm

appicchato wrote:'When in Rome...'
Hi Bhante,

True, but in some cases that would apply, for example, the threefold rule, respecting another culture when in a foreign land, skillful means.

But in other cases, yes, that would be inappropriate, such as if "When in Rome" would lead to breaking any of the precepts. :smile:

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