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The Eightfold direction is the main well known formula of the Buddha's educating. it really is old, attaining again to the Buddha's first actual discourse, and it truly is hugely honored as a different treasury of knowledge and sensible tips. The educating of the Eightfold course demanding situations us to understand the consequences of that imaginative and prescient, and asks us to remodel ourselves in its mild. just like the educating itself, this paintings covers each element of lifestyles.

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This part is made up of instinct, of emotion, of volition, and is more unconscious than conscious. And this wider, deeper, and no less important part of ourselves is not touched at all by our rational or intellectual knowledge, but goes its own way, as it were dragging the mental part, still protesting, along with it. Thus we see that we cannot go against the emotions. The emotions are stronger than reason. If we want to put into practice what we know to be right, what we know to be true, we have to enlist, in one way or another, the co-operation of the emotions.

But you can share your own confidence with other people. You can create among people a feeling of fearlessness or security by your very presence, your very attitude. Buddhism attaches great importance to this ability to reassure people by your mere presence. According to Buddhism this form of dãna is an important contribution to the life of the community. Yet another form of dãna which is mentioned in Buddhist literature is the giving of life and limb. For the sake of other people, or for the sake of the Dharma, the Teaching, one should be prepared to sacrifice one’s own limbs, even one’s own life.

You will then be given water for washing the feet, and of- PERFECT EMOTION 47 ten your hosts will wash your feet themselves, especially if you are a monk, because you have come over the dusty roads of India and your feet are dusty. After that you are presented with a garland of flowers, and your hosts will light incense-sticks to create a pleasant atmosphere and keep away flies and mosquitoes. If it is evening they will light a lamp. They will then offer perfume for the body, and, of course, something to eat.

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