Commitment

Sometimes the idea that we need to go for liberation in this very life can obscure the fact that not everyone is ready for that level of commitment. So what are the “levels” of commitment for someone on the path of Buddhism? Here’s what the Buddha has to say:

[The Buddha had just told the story of a king had performed a great sacrifice.]

Kutadanta: “Is there a sacrifice that is easier and more beneficial than this?”

Buddha: “Yes, there is. Giving food and requisites to virtuous spiritual seekers is easier and more beneficial.”

Kutadanta: “And why is this better?”

Buddha: “No enlightened person would attend a sacrifice. There will be beatings and killings, so they would not want to be there. But they would gladly accept offerings of food and requisites.”

Kutadanta: “Is there a sacrifice that is even better than this?”

Buddha: “Yes, there is. Giving shelter to the sangha [Buddhist monks and nuns] is easier and more beneficial.”

Kutadanta: “Is there a sacrifice that is even better than this?”

Buddha: “Yes, there is. Going for refuge to the Buddha, dhamma, and sangha with a pure heart is even more beneficial.”

Kutadanta: “Is there a sacrifice that is even better than this?”

Buddha: “Yes, there is. Taking the 5 Precepts with a pure heart is even more beneficial. That is: do not kill, do not steal, do not have affairs, do not lie, and do not drink or take drugs.”

Kutadanta: “Is there a sacrifice that is even better than this?”

Buddha: “Yes, there is. [Going forth as a monk or nun].”

-Digha Nikaya 5.22-27

 

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