Should not undermine our own interests because of the benefit of others.

Should not undermine their own interests Because of the benefit of others

[Pali]

Xạt-ta-thạt-t̄hạng pa-rạt-t̄he-na pha-h̄u-nā-pi na h̄ā-pa-ye

[Translation]

“Should not undermine our own interests because of the benefit of others.”

The word “benefit” means that 3 things that should be achieved

  1. Benefit in this world
  2. Benefit in the next world
  3. Great benefit (Nirvana)

The word “benefit” in this Proverb means a great benefit Which is Nirvana Is to practice Vipassana meditation for the ultimate goal, Nirvana.

The Buddha taught that “Should not undermine their own interests Because of the benefit of others, even a lot”. That doesn’t mean he teach us to be selfish.

The Buddha taught us to have a public mind. Complete both our own interests and the benefit of others. That is to complete our own benefit as well and complete the common good as well.

But there is one exception: If we want to practice Vipassana meditation in order to escape suffering. That is in our own great benefit. Even if we have to give up common benefits first, that’s fine. If we have our heart toward Nirvana and truly intend to practice Vipassana meditation. Because this is a benefit that is greater than all benefits.

We should accomplish this great benefit first and then continue to do the common benefit, it is not too late.


Contents of Buddhist Proverbs

Section on Self✅ Section on Death
Section on Precaution✅ Section on Friends
Section on Karma✅ Section on Request
Section on Passion✅ Section on the King
Section on Anger✅ Section on Speech
✅ Section on Patience✅ Section on Effort
✅ Section on Mind✅ Section on Retribution
✅ Section on Win✅ Section on Truth
✅ Section on Giving✅ Section on Consciousness
✅ Section on Suffering✅ Section on Faith
✅ Section on the Dharma✅ Section on Contentment
✅ Miscellaneous Category✅ Section on Recluses
✅ Section on Wisdom✅ Section on Unity
✅ Section on Negligence✅ Section on Precepts
✅ Section on Sin✅ Section on Happiness
✅ Section on Personnel✅ Section on Fellowship
✅ Section on Merit

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