Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Our thought for the day

The Buddha said: ‘This following of yours, Hātthaka, is very large. How do they keep united?’

‘My teacher, it is by the four means of unification which you taught me that we keep united. When I know that I can make a connection with someone through generosity, then I use generosity. When I know that I can make a connection with someone through kind speech, then I use kind speech. When I know that I can make a connection with someone through beneficial activity, then I use beneficial activity. When I know that I can make a connection with someone through exemplification or empathy, then I use exemplification or empathy.’

‘Sādhu! Sādhu! Hātthaka – this is just the way to unify a large following. Whoever has done so in the past has used these four means of unification, likewise in the future and the present.’

(Anguttara Nikāya No. 23 in the Eights)

6th October 2017

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