What are the four noble truths and the 12 nidana's ???
Dec 04, 2007 04:29 AM
If it is objected that we too have temples, we too have priests and
that our lamas also live on charity . . . let them know that the
objects above named have in common with their Western equivalents,
but the name. Thus in our temples there is neither a god nor gods
worshipped, only the thrice sacred memory of the greatest as the
holiest man that ever lived. If our lamas to honour the fraternity of
the Bhikkhus established by our blessed master himself, go out to be
fed by the laity, the latter often to the number of 5 to 25,000 is
fed and taken care of by the Samgha (the fraternity of lamaic monks)
the lamassery providing for the wants of the poor, the sick, the
afflicted. Our lamas accept food, never money, and it is in those
temples that the origin of evil is preached and impressed upon the
people. There they are taught the four noble truths - ariya sakka,
and the chain of causation, (the 12 nid[ci]anas) gives them a
solution of the problem of the origin and destruction of suffering.
>From Mahatma letters, letter nr 10.
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