A faithful male layperson is often praised as a good man. To become a good son in the Dharma, one must first have faith; trust in the Three Jewels, deeply believe in cause and effect, guilt, and karma.
A time, World Honored One reside in Sàvatthi, at Jetavana. There, the Blessed One called the monks:
Accomplishment of these five dharmas, bhikkhus, a male layperson is one who is cast out of the male laity, is unclean, and is the ultimate inferiority for male lay people. What is the year?
Not believe; the evil world; predict the future with special rituals; believe in good omens, do not believe in actions; Seek out the Sangha who is worthy of respect and there to serve first.
Accomplished in these five dharmas, bhikkhus, the male layman is a pearl in the male lay world, the pink lotus, and the white lotus in the male laity. What is the year?
Have faith; gendered; do not predict the future with special rituals; do not believe in good omens, believe in actions; do not look for outside the Sangha who is worthy of respect and there to serve first.
(DTKVN, Tang Branch II, chapter 5, male layman, section The Abandoned, VNCPHVN Published, 1996, p.643)
Buddha teaches lay Buddhists
Among the four groups of Buddha’s disciples, in addition to the two monastic groups, the two groups of outsiders at home play a very important role, especially in upholding the Dharma. When an awakened person turns to take refuge in the Three Jewels, the Blessed One exclaims: Good, good! However, the World-Honored One was also very tough, after many times of teaching without transforming, he would “turn the bowl upside down” for any disciple if he did not practice properly, did not follow the precepts, and fell into wrong views. .
A faithful male layperson is often praised as a good man. To become a good son in the Dharma, one must first have faith; trust in the Three Jewels, deeply believe in cause and effect, guilt, and karma. A faithful male layperson must have all the five personalities (five precepts) of a Buddhist, and at the same time not be mesmerized by the games of predicting fetters or sacrifices to the gods to pray for increased blessings and loss of ears. A genuine male layperson deeply believes in karma in the present actions of body, speech and mind because it is what we are practicing now that will form the foundation in the future. In particular, it is necessary to correctly identify and pay respect to the wise master to rely on spiritually, study the Dharma, and devote all efforts to protect the Dharma.
Fully practicing the above five things, a male lay follower is worthy of respect, precious as gold, and fragrant as a lotus flower among lay men. However, not all male lay people have good conditions, make efforts to study, and are worthy of being a good man to set an example for the lay community. Most male lay people are on a path towards the full realization of these five things. When a male lay follower fails to fulfill his responsibilities and duties: does not have faith in the Three Jewels, has not fully kept the five precepts, and at the same time believes in wrong views, superstitions, turns to evil teachers and friends, etc., according to the Blessed One, ” abandoned, unclean, and lowly,” is no longer fit to be a male lay follower in the Dharma.
Therefore, male laypeople, be acutely aware of Buddha’s teachings In order to transform and perfect oneself to become a jewel, the lotus flower always radiates the fragrance of virtue and wisdom to beautify oneself and life.