The Golden Buddhist Life Standards 4!
The golden Buddhist's life standards make
harmony for oneself and others.
This layman's code of discipline =
(gihi-vinaya) organize social relationships
so that they produce a
society of happy beings being in sweet harmony...
Law 4: Helping all beings achieve their advantageous goals!
One should help oneself, one
should help others, and one should help both oneself and others...
Helping oneself will develop one's life
upwards towards progress, prosperity, and
Helping others by inducing and encouraging them to develop their
lives, gains the
Helping both oneself and others creates a mutual goal and
double advantage for both
This collective benefit,
leads to happiness and virtue of the community and society as a whole.
An example is
environmental conditions, which we
all should help create and conserve
to help both ourselves and others including those, who come after us to a happy
and better future.
Helping all people is joining into constructively creating a social harmony and
Helping all beings is expanding this gentle and subtle harmony universally!
This elevates all!
Principles for Help:
1. Dāna: Giving and sharing
(Which is helping with and through money, and material goods).
2. Piyavāca: Kind, friendly
and polite speech (Which is
helping through words and
3. Atthacariyā: Helpful bodily action (Which
is helping attaining goals through
4. Samānattatā: Participation and assistance (helping with collective
construction and problem solving).
Levels of Goals:
1. First level: Present
benefits to be seen and utilized here and now (ditthadhammikattha):
a) Having good health, a strong body, freedom from disease, pleasant
appearance, and long life.
b) Having good work and sufficient income, honest livelihood, and
thus economic self-reliance.
c) Having good social status, being
in good standing in the community at large.
d) Having a happy and
harmonious family worthy of admiration and respect.
2. Second level: Religious goals for further advantages (samparāyikattha):
a) Warm deep appreciation and happiness won by the conviction of having a true
b) Pride in having a clean life and pure virtue by having done only morally irreproachable
c) Gratification in a worthwhile life by
having done much good
through worthy and lofty sacrifices.
d) Courage and confidence by having understood
how to deal with and guide
own and other's life.
e) Security and freedom from worry in having done good as an investment for
3. Third level: The absolute and ultimate Goal (paramattha):
a) Not wavering in face of common vicissitudes and
the inevitable changes of all life..
b) Not being depressed, despaired, or distressed because of clinging to
c) Being assured, secure, calm, clear, cheerful, elevated, and mentally buoyant at all
d) Living and acting with wisdom, which looks rationally at all causes,
e) Approaching Nibbāna, the deathless element, the
highest bliss, the final peace, the highest goal!
One who is
able to attain the second level of goals, and upwards, is known as a
wise person (pandita).
A constitution for Living.
Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life.
Ven. P.A. Payutto. Thailand. Buddhist
Publication Society 2007: BP 620S
make Harmony. On these golden Buddhist Life Standards: