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This publication offers a whole define of Buddha-Dhamma in effortless to appreciate language. Chapters contain: Buddhism, the real nature of items, 3 features, greedy and clinging, threefold education, insights through the character approach, geared up education, and emancipation from the realm.

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The giving up of unskillful clinging is, then, the key to Buddhist practice. 56 The Threefold Training V. In this chapter we shall examine the method to be used for eliminating clinging. The method is based on three practical steps, namely Morality, Concentration, and Insight, known collectively as the Threefold Training. The first step is morality (Sīla). Morality is simply suitable behavior, behavior that conforms with the generally accepted standards and causes no distress to other people or to oneself.

If, on looking closely at the actual course of events, we become genuinely fed up, disillusioned and disenchanted with that thing, we can be said to have seen Dhamma, or to have gained clear insight. This clear insight may develop in time until it is perfected, and has the power to bring liberation from all things. If a person recites aloud: “aniccā, dukkha, anattā” or examines these characteristics day and night without ever becoming disenchanted with things, without ever losing the desire to get things or to be something, or the desire to cling to things, that person has not yet attained to insight.

Nothing whatsoever is such that we are justified in regarding it as “mine”. To our normally imperfect vision, things appear as selves; but as soon as our vision becomes clear, unobscured and accurate, we realize that there is no self-entity present in any of them. These three characteristics were the aspect of the teaching which the Buddha stressed more than any other. The entire teaching when summed up amounts simply to insight into impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non-selfhood. Sometimes they are mentioned explicitly, sometimes they are expressed in other terms, but fundamentally they aim at demonstrating the same single truth.

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