How to Be a Good Buddhist Girl
วันศุกร์ที่ 20 มีนาคม 2015 เวลา 02:56 น.
Buddhism is becoming popular day by day. Buddhism stands for simplicity and purity of the inner heart.
There are many aspects of Buddhism. It is difficult to live so simply but if you are devoted, it won't be so harsh. As you have most likely heard that it's hard to be a girl, it's hard to be Buddhist, it's especially hard to be a Buddhist girl. This is a general guide to live purely and peacefully as a Buddhist girl.
1 Become educated and learn about Buddhism, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Three Characteristics of Existence. Study the teachings of the Buddha and memorise important scriptures. Take Buddha's teachings to heart and follow them.
2 Be moral and keep the 5 Precepts, and 8 Precepts on Uposatha Days. Don't kill, don't steal, don't engage in sexual misconduct, don't lie, don't drink alcohol excessively, or do drugs.
3 Create a shrine. It is good to set up a shrine but if your parents don't know about your religion this can be hard, this is not necessary but useful.
4 Meditate as often as possible. Do so at least once each day if you can. Remember, it is better to meditate once every day for 10 minutes than to meditate once a week for 2 hours. Getting into a good habit is key.
5 Go to the monastery to visit monks and nuns if you can, offer them food and requisites and help around the monastery. If you meet good monks and nuns, ask to be taught Buddhism.
6 Try to live simply. Limit TV time, computer usage etc. There is no need for showy possessions or expensive food or clothing.
7 Dress neatly and modestly in a way appropriate in your culture. Avoid showy jewelery or makeup, or give it up entirely.
8 Show kindness towards all living things. Don't hurt even the smallest animal. This can include becoming a vegetarian or a vegan but it is really up to you.
9 Speak gently and don't swear. Try to not be rude or mean. Uttering and promoting slander will hold you from Nirvana. Speak only true and helpful things, and don't gossip.
10 Show respect to parents, teachers, monks and nuns, and the elderly.
11 Help those in need where-ever possible, such as the poor, the infirm, disabled and homeless.
12 Dress appropriately. Buddhism doesn't allow to wear any exposing clothes. So, in winter, there's no problem. But in summer, you may find it hard to stay covered all the time. So, wear full-sleeved cotton shirts or tops with jeans. You can also try long skirts or long loose trousers. Take scurf to give it a new look.
• You can also try wearing full sleeved long top with leggings.
• Put on a long-sleeved shrug over a sleeve-less top.
• Don't wear fitted clothes. Keep it semi-fitted.
13 Celebrate important Buddhist holidays such as Vesak, Buddha's birthday, death day, and founding of Buddhism, to celebrate Vesak
14 Keep Uposatha if you can according to your tradition. Observe the 8 precepts, make donations and make a special effort in meditation.
15 Take time to chant or meditate every morning and evening if you can.
16 Keep your body pure. Another way to phrase this would be to respect your body. Treat your body as a treasure and do not give it away to just anyone.
• Traditionally, keeping your body pure means waiting until marriage before having sex. Nearly every major religion will agree on this point.
• Even if you have no religion to claim, the principle of purity still applies to you. Sex should be treated as something special that should only be cherished between two people in love.
• A Buddhist prayer:
◦ May I be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May my parents be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May my relatives be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May my teachers be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May all Buddhist be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May all neutral beings be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May all other religions be well, happy, and healthy
◦ May all living things be well, happy, and healthy
• A Buddhist calendar is useful for remembering Uposatha days and special Buddhist holy days. Although these vary regionally, some are available online. If applicable to your tradition of Buddhism, most Thai calendars have the lunar observance and holy days marked.
• Be aware that a lot of people don't understand Buddhism.
• Love every thing and everyone.
• Follow the Buddhist code!
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