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You're probably thinking about Dhammapada 155-156 (translated by Ven. Thanissaro): Neither living the chaste life nor gaining wealth in their youth, they waste away like old herons in a dried-up lake depleted of fish. Neither living the chaste life nor gaining wealth in their youth, they lie around, misfired from the bow, sighing over old times. ...


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When a person pursues a goal, there are two things to be considered: The pursuit, which exists only in the past and the future. Pursuit implies a belief that something can be other than it is; it implies an evaluation of the world into the desirable and the undesirable. The act of doing, which exists only in the present moment. We do, and inevitably we move ...


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The essence of dukkha (suffering) is clash, conflict, discord, disharmony - of some kind, whether inner conflict in one person's mind or outer conflict between persons or groups of people. The opposite of that is happiness, whose essence is peace and harmony. A lay person could make meaningful contribution to society and make progress towards liberation from ...


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I trust Buddha's teaching is practical in life, not just theory. Planning and liberation has no contradiction. layperson with no dhamma knowledge, planned with attachment to the expected outcome. Planning with expected outcome, attached to the expected outcome, and if the expected outcome is not happening, suffering follow us. This type of planning do not ...


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I think that people, and especially lay-people, have social relations -- they are and they have children, parents, friends, employers, employees, teachers, students, spouses. And people inherit a moral obligation to be a good friend, a good parent, a good child, a good employer, and so on -- see DN 31. Some people decide, "This house-holder's life is ...


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It is impossible to seek escape from suffering and still lead a normal day to day life because escape from suffering requires sincerity in thoughts and deeds towards the liberation goal...you must give up whatever you believe to own. Having said that you can still try to move towards the goal of life while still leading normal life. First you must recognise ...


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I will not accept my own answer to my own question. But here I found a sutta which allows begging for alms by laypersons. From SN 7.19: When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side and said to the Buddha, “Master Gotama, I seek alms by legitimate means, which I use to provide for my mother and father. In doing so, am I doing ...


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