By TY Lee
Except the normally Buddhist international locations in Asia
where Buddhism is still robust, it really is starting to be at an
explosive velocity in the USA and plenty of eu countries,
and is at present the quickest growing to be faith in Australia.
Modern and proficient individuals are more and more finding
a desire for religious 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 everyday 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 excellent examples of such teachings. They are
sensible, quite simply appropriate and result in either personal
improvement and development, and non secular development and
development. This booklet is predicated on those 4 suttas.
I desire to advertise a better knowing of Buddhism
by providing those crucial teachings in a concise,
uncomplicated and down-to-earth demeanour in order that they can
be preferred through extra humans. I had proposal it precious to
also have those 4 suttas compiled into one compact
book for the simple reference of all working towards Buddhists and
for the benefit of all scholars of Buddhism. As such,
the typically on hand translations via Ven. Narada Thera
are additionally incorporated within the Appendix.
The Buddha’s teachings have been initially memorized and
recited instead of written down and browse. but if written
down, those recitations occasionally make for tough 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 relatively in contrast to our own.
Therefore, in accordance with the purpose to make the lessons more
accessible and straightforward 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 motives inserted to make
them more uncomplicated to learn. although, the circulate and series of
the texts were retained up to attainable to
preserve the texture and spirit of the Buddha’s teachings.
I wish to exhibit my private gratitude to Ven. S.
Dhammika for his tips and unending endurance, Ven. Dr.
I. Indasara Thero for writing the Foreword, Ven. Pannyavaro
Mahathera for reviewing the 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 with the intention to paintings with Ms. Sylvia Bay
on this publication. My appreciation is going back to
Ms. Geelyn Lim for all her labor at the layout and
layout of this ebook. All blunders, mistakes and omissions are
mine on my own, and that i might be satisfied to listen to from an individual who
can right them, in order that this publication might be enhanced on.
Thanks additionally visit all my lecturers and pals within the Dhamma
for their help and encouragement from the very
beginning. My gratitude is going to my mom and dad and my wife,
Susan, for all of the support they've got given me in my ‘work’ of
propagating the Dhamma. ultimately my exact because of the
people around the world who've made ‘Just be Good’
so profitable and for assisting to unfold the Dhamma
wherever they are.
May all Beings be good and chuffed, and unfastened from physical
and psychological affliction. could all Beings embark at the Path
of the Buddha and notice Nibbana. could the entire benefits from
this publication be devoted to the happiness and emancipation
of all Beings, and to assist defend and unfold the Teachings
of the Buddha.
T Y Lee
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