Sigalovada Sutta – Wikipedia
Sigalovada Sutta – Wikipedia:
Buddhaghosa has referred to this sutta as “the Vinaya [Buddhist code of discipline] of the householder (lay person).”
In modern times, Bhikkhu Bodhi has identified this sutta as the “most comprehensive Nikāya text” which pertains “to the happiness directly visible in this present life.”
“This practice of ‘worshipping the six directions,’ as explained by the Buddha, presupposes that society is sustained by a network of interlocking relationships that bring coherence to the social order when its members fulfill their reciprocal duties and responsibilities in a spirit of kindness, sympathy, and good will….
Thus, for Early Buddhism, the social stability and security necessary for human happiness and fulfillment are achieved, not through aggressive and potentially disruptive demands for ‘rights’ posed by competing groups, but by the renunciation of self-interest and the development of a sincere, large-hearted concern for the welfare of others and the good of the greater whole.”