4 Noble Truths, Anatta, and lay people.

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Re: 4 Noble Truths, Anatta, and lay people.

Post by Manopubbangama » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:54 pm

samsarictravelling wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:51 pm

When Christian missionaries began coming to Sri Lanka (Ceylon it might have been called at that time, if it was long enough go) -- or was it some other of one of those Theravadan countries? -- the monks started teaching the laypeople meditation to counteract the situation.
Its possible.

That being said, the issue has been settled: the Buddha taught the 4NTs to all classes of people, and the "ariya" are those who have attained at least stream entry, regardless of where they lay their head to sleep at night.

In other words, better to be a sincere upasaka than a failure that hangs around monasteries but attains nothing and eats the people's almsfood in vain.

ALL teachings of the Buddha are contained in the 4NTs. The Buddha withheld teaching from no one.

The 4NTs are to be pondered by everyone who follows in the teachings of the Buddha, which is why the Buddha taught it to both ariya and non-ariya alike from all classes of society.
If you meet a Buddha on the road; note it, and continue to focus on the breath.
"Buddha on the road"
"Buddha on the road"


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