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What's wrong with living a "normal" life? - Dhamma Wheel

What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby mettafuture » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:09 pm

What's wrong with going to school, getting a degree, working hard to earn a stable income, starting a family, enjoying the good, and learning how to tolerate the bad? Is the "worldly life" really that bad? This is the question that's been floating through my head lately.

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby Shonin » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:19 pm

No, actually it can be very good, especially if you have a loving partner and a steady income.

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby bodom » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:40 pm

Nothing, and dont let the naysayers lead you to believe you must renounce these things. The Buddha praised this lifestyle for his lay followers. Please see the Mangala Sutta, Sigolavada Sutta and Vyagghapajja Sutta.

Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses of the Buddha by Narada Thera
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el014.html

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To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby mettafuture » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:48 pm


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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby plwk » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:16 pm



This Sutta made me realise one angle...in relation to the topic

It has challenged me to move beyond the 'norm', 'what everyone else is doing', 'what is expected of me'....
It is saying to me..'there's something greater, more meaningful, more noble'
Then the next question: 'Why do I let myself limit my own potential for the greater, meaningful & noble?'

Then most importantly...'Do I want the greater, more meaningful and noble than mere 'going to school, getting a degree, working hard to earn a stable income, starting a family, enjoying the good, and learning how to tolerate the bad'?'

:smile:

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby Annapurna » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:32 pm

http://www.schmuckzauberei.blogspot.com/

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby bodom » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:15 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby Goedert » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:46 am

Hello Friend,

There is nothing wrong with it.

A good heart is the core of everything... even for wisdom.

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby bodom » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:05 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

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Last edited by bodom on Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:14 am, edited 2 times in total.
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:34 am

i think it may be helpful to keep in mind that there are very few suttas in regards to householders in comparison to those aimed at monastics for the simple fact that it was monastics that remembered and kept the discourses. if it had been householders who took the initiative to remember and keep the discourses we'd probably have a different canon all together.
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby Shonin » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:07 am

Yeah, The Childcare Sutta, imagine it. :)

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Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Postby Sanghamitta » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:19 am

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.


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