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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Too much teaching of morality and virtue consists of simply telling people how they should be. The results are not impressive. Most common are blind conformity to a moral code, blind rebellion against it, and patchy conformity accompanied by guilt.

 

It is such a shame that Buddhist morality is commonly taught in this way. I have often heard of the Five Precepts referred to as the Five Prohibitions, even though the concept of 'prohibition' is nowhere to be found in the Buddha's teachings. In fact, we are encouraged to undertake the Five Precepts as a means to train or educate the way that we relate to the world we live in and the people around us. In Buddha Dhamma abstaining from certain kinds of behaviour out of fear of punishment or desire for reward is a counterfeit morality. For true morality to manifest, we must become inspired by a basic premise: our potential as human beings can only be realised by abandoning the unwholesome, cultivating the wholesome and purifying the mind.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

 

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