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June 30, 2016


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I'd honestly say that today at least, regular lay life could be described as hedonism; at least in America, there is just an overindulgence in everything. This is kind of sad when you think about it, most people already fall into this extreme without realizing it; because they see the psychophysical body as the only thing there is; so they take its pleasure as the ultimate importance.

I don't think Buddha's middle-way is between hedonism and ascetisism but between regular lay life and extreme ascetisism. After all he prescribes some ascetic practices to his monks like eating one meal a day, only eating alms food, celibacy, not sleeping on high beds, etc. He just doesn't go overboard to eating only one grain of rice a day or performing castration or sleeping on beds of nails.

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