The Buddha attained enlightenment at the age of 35 and incessantly served humanity till his last breath by teaching them Dhamma, the universal law of nature. Vipassana meditation is a quintessence of the Buddha’s teaching. In the last 2,500 years, the original teachings of the Buddha were totally lost and many misconceptions about this outstanding son of India are prevalent even today. One of the most common misconceptions was that the Buddha’s teachings is only for monks and not for householders or by practicing his teachings, families get broken or people lose their interest in life.
Research by VRI on original teachings of the Buddha shows that his teachings apply to monks and householders alike. Householders can live a happy and peaceful life and can even attain the unparalleled peace of Nibbana in this very life.
‘‘फुट्ठस्स लोकधम्मेहि, चित्तं यस्स न कम्पति।
असोकं विरजं खेमं, एतं मङ्गलमुत्तमं॥
--When faced with the vicissitudes of life, one's mind is unshaken, sorrowless, stainless, secure - this is the highest blessing.
- Khuddaka Pāṭha 5.12 Maṅgala Sutta
These were words of the Buddha for the highest welfare of the householders.
This book contains guidance by the Buddha to householders about one’s duties towards one’s parents, spouse, friends, servants and teachers. It also includes characteristics of an ideal lay person, how to spot a fake friend, importance of charity and how to live a happy, peaceful life by abiding in Dhamma, the law of nature.
This book is ideal for Vipassana meditators as well as non-meditators.