The Life of A Buddhist
A religion influences the life of its practitioner, by shaping ones’ way of living and thinking, one’s concept of death and life and one’s inner attitude towards the outside world, etc. Likewise, Buddhism never stops to affect the life of a Buddhist.
Let’s take a close look at a Buddhist life.
- Pursue Merit and Morality
In Buddhism, merit and morality are key concepts. The earning of merit needs good karma that results in a good rebirth, while morality is the initial phase on the way to realize enlightenment and gain wisdom. The lay people gain merit by supporting the monks, worshiping the Buddha’s image, and leading a ethical life. And they earn morality through studying the high standard of morality and taking care of the benefits of both themselves and other living beings.
- Abstain From the Three Evils
Greed, anger and delusion are considered as the three evil sources of all evil deeds. They result in sufferings and are the major barrier for lay people to attain liberation. Greed refers to the desires of wealth, sex, fame, eating and sleeping; Anger is one’s hatred towards outside world and one is supposed to stay calm and peaceful in mind if one seeks the ultimate aim of liberation; Delusion means a state of persistence, believing in something irrational and distorted. The lay people should be objective, refrain from prejudice and misunderstanding and believe in the the cycle of cause and effect.
- Adhere to Eight Percepts
In Buddhist teachings, the lay people should cultivate moral strength and avoid the five percepts.
1. Avoid taking the life of all living beings
2. Avoid the not-taken things
3. Avoid sexual misconduct
4. Avoid food and drink that are intoxicating
5. Avoid lying
6. Avoid the intake of food after midnight
7. Avoid being addicted in songs, dances, music and ornaments.
8. Avoid luxurious seat or bed