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What is a Good Buddhist Disciple?


The Sakyan Mahānāma  once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, What is a
Lay Disciple?
By
having taken refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, one is a
Lay Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Pure Disciple?
By avoiding all killing, all stealing, all sexual abuse, all lying, all drinking and drugging,
which causes neglect, one becomes a
Pure Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Faithful Disciple?
By placing faith in the perfect enlightenment of the Tathāgata thus:

Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-enlightened is the Buddha! ... teacher and
guide of gods and humans, exalted, and awakened ...
 one is a Faithful Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a
Generous Disciple?
Living mentally devoid of stinginess, liberal, open-handed, delighting in donation,
devoted to charity, enjoying all giving and sharing, one is a
Generous Disciple!
 

Venerable Sir, What is a Disciple who Understands?

One who understands the cause of arising and ceasing, which is Noble, decisive,
and which enables eradication of Suffering
is a wise Disciple who Understands!

 


 

More on the Buddhist Lay Disciple (Upāsaka):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/u_v/upaasaka.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_Good_Disciple.htm

 


The Buddha Gotama's first five disciples (Pañcavaggiyā)


Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:395]
Section 55 on Stream-Entry: Sot
āpattisamyutta. Thread 37: Mahānāma.

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