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May 04, 2016

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meant to post the link to the articles i copied in my previous post - it can be found at the following:

http://news.dhamma.org/2016/04/the-buddhas-declaration-of-non-sectarianism/

The Buddha’s Declaration of Non-Sectarianism
April 14, 2016
In a 1991 public talk in Myanmar, Goenkaji referred to the Udumbarika Sutta (see our June 2015 issue). This famous discourse declares that the Buddha’s teaching is open to one and all, regardless of their spiritual beliefs or allegiance. Following is a passage from the sutta.

Let any man of intelligence come to me who is sincere, honest and straightforward; I will instruct him, I will teach him Dhamma. If he practices as he is taught, then within seven years in this very life he will attain, by his own insight and realization, the very goal for the sake of which young men of good family go forth from the household life into homelessness. That is, he will attain the culmination of a life of purity, and will abide in that state.

Let alone seven years—in six years, five, four, three, two years, one year … seven months, six months, five, four, three, two months, one month, half a month. Let alone half a month—in seven days he can attain that goal.

Now you may think, “The ascetic Gotama says this out of a desire to win disciples.” But that is not how you should look at it. Let him who is your teacher remain your teacher.

Or you may think, “The ascetic Gotama wants us to abandon our rules.” But that is not how you should look at it. Let your rules remain as they are.

Or you may think, “The ascetic Gotama wants us to abandon our way of living.” But that is not how you should look at it. Let your way of living remain as it is.

Or you may think, “The ascetic Gotama wants us to get involved in activities that are unwholesome according to our teaching and considered to be unwholesome among us.” But that is not how you should look at it. Let whatever you consider to be unwholesome continue to be considered unwholesome.

Or you may think, “The ascetic Gotama wants to estrange us from activities that are wholesome according to our teaching and considered to be wholesome among us.” But that is not how you should look at it. Let whatever you consider to be wholesome continue to be considered wholesome.

I do not speak for any of these reasons.

There are unwholesome things that, if not abandoned, are corrupting, leading to rebirth, fearsome, bringing the fruit of suffering in future, associated with birth, decay and death. It is for the abandonment of these that I teach Dhamma. If you practice accordingly, the sources of corruption will be abandoned, the sources of purity will increase, and by your own insight and realization you will all attain and dwell, in this very life, in the fullness of abounding wisdom.

—Dīghanikāya, Pāthikavaggapāḷi, Udumbarikasuttaṃ

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