Gradually Dawns the
Ānanda, it is not easy
to teach the Dhamma to others.
One should consider five things before teaching Dhamma to others.
What five? One should teach thinking:
1: I will teach the Dhamma gradually starting with the most simple.
2: I will teach about the cause and effect of doing what is advantageous.
3: I will teach from, and about gentle kindness out of genuine sympathy.
4: I will teach Dhamma not for the sake of gain, fame, or admiration.
5: I will teach Dhamma without hurting or harming myself
or any others.
Ānanda, it is not easy to teach the Dhamma to others. One should
consider these five things before teaching Dhamma to others..
Just as the ocean has a gradual
deepening sloping off the continental
shelf, with a sudden drop-off only after a long stretch, exactly in
same way, is this Doctrine and Discipline (dhamma-vināya) a
training, a gradual development, a gradual progression, with a
penetration to understanding only after a long stretch.
The Buddha's teaching is built upon this
way of gradual development.
His method of "gradual instruction"
training" (anupubbi-sikkha) makes the practitioner at each stage
development discover new and ever deeper and more important aspects
of the law of cause-&-effect
kamma, the cornerstone of
Discrete States ao. aspects):