By TY Lee
Except the characteristically Buddhist nations in Asia
where Buddhism continues to be robust, it's turning out to be at an
explosive speed in the United States and plenty of ecu countries,
and is at the moment the quickest turning out to be faith in Australia.
Modern and expert individuals are more and more finding
a want for non secular teachings with out fanciful stories
and myths, loose from threats of punishments, and
without ideals which cross opposed to technology and reason.
Simple religion and worship are not any longer sufficient during this day
and age. Buddhism with its functional and consistent
teachings and its relevance to way of life, is ready to satisfy
intelligent and enquiring minds, and hence 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, simply acceptable and bring about either personal
improvement and progress, and non secular growth and
development. This e-book is predicated on those 4 suttas.
I wish to advertise a better realizing of Buddhism
by providing those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour so they can
be preferred via extra humans. I had notion it priceless to
also have those 4 suttas compiled into one compact
book for the simple reference of all practising Buddhists and
for the benefit of all scholars of Buddhism. As such,
the typically on hand translations by way of Ven. Narada Thera
are additionally integrated 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 mainly so once they originated greater than 2,500
years in the past in stipulations very diverse from that of our
current age, and in a language really in contrast to our own.
Therefore, based on 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 causes inserted to make
them more straightforward to learn. notwithstanding, the move and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I want to exhibit my private gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his advice and unending endurance, Ven. Dr.
I. Indasara Thero for writing the Foreword, Ven. Pannyavaro
Mahathera for reviewing the e-book, 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 so that it will paintings with Ms. Sylvia Bay
on this booklet. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her labor at the layout and
layout of this publication. All blunders, mistakes and omissions are
mine on my own, and that i might be chuffed to listen to from a person who
can right them, in order that this ebook might be better on.
Thanks additionally visit all my academics and associates 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 the entire support they've got given me in my ‘work’ of
propagating the Dhamma. eventually my distinct because of the
people around the globe who've made ‘Just be Good’
so profitable and for supporting to unfold the Dhamma
wherever they are.
May all Beings be good and satisfied, and unfastened from physical
and psychological anguish. may well all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and observe Nibbana. may well all of the advantages from
this e-book be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to assist shield and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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