Let’s be good practising
Buddhist makes all efforts to apply the
Buddha’s teachings to his daily life. He makes
religious practice part and
parcel of his life and is ever conscious of its
significance. He understands that life
without the Dhamma is an incomplete, fruitless and
A Buddhist should not be satisfied with merely being a
Buddhist; he should try to be a good Buddhist, too.
Simply calling oneself a Buddhist without making an
effort to live up to the name is not enough. Buddhism
attaches more importance to actual practice than mere
names or appellations. We should therefore learn what a
good Buddhist is like and then try to be one. Let’s
ponder over some important facts that a person who
wishes to be a good Buddhist must pay his utmost
A good Buddhist always holds the Buddha, the Dhamma and
the Sangha in the highest esteem. He does not act
towards them, speak or think of them in a disrespectful
manner. Rejection of the Holy Triple Gems constitutes
the forfeiture of one’s status as a Buddhist.
A true Buddhist not only has firm or unshakable faith in
the Triple Gems, but he tries also to understand the
Buddha’s teachings and Buddhist practices. He never
ceases to acquire knowledge on the religion.
He knows that sound knowledge in the religion will
strengthen his faith and devotion.
A good Buddhist makes all efforts to apply the Buddha’s
teachings to his daily life. He makes religious practice
part and parcel of his life and is ever conscious of its
significance. He understands that life without the
Dhamma is an incomplete, fruitless and unsatisfactory
A good Buddhist loves and respects his parents. He
remembers how his or her mother fed him with white
breast milk which is really red-blood of the mother.
He is obedient, courteous and never argues back in an
insolent manner. If, however, he wants to make his
points clear, he takes care to do so in a respectful and
polite manner. Furthermore, knowing that his parents
love him so dearly and with sacrifice, he tries his best
to return their love and, with a sense of filial
gratitude, make himself useful to them and other family
members. In short, a good Buddhist must also be a good
and faithful son or a daughter. Without being a grateful
child to his or her parents, nobody can become a true
A good Buddhist is a free-thinker. He does not believe
things just because they are told to him. He applies his
own reasoning power and, if necessary, experiments to
find out the truth for himself. He prefers to associate
the wise and the virtuous. He seeks their guidance when
and where it is necessary.
A good Buddhist is broad-minded in matters like
religious beliefs, traditional practices and social
values. He relizes that people are different, and so are
their views, beliefs, practices and values. A good
Buddhist knows what is best for him and always goes for
A true Buddhist is honest, morally incorruptible and has
strong will power. He is fully aware that he must be
responsible for all his actions and is therefore ever on
his guard that he may not do anything wrong. A good
Buddhist takes delight in performing wholesome deeds and
refrain from committing harmful or unwholesome
activities. Not only that, he induces his friends too in
doing meritorious deeds. He believes strongly the cause
and effect process as preached the Buddha. He always
tries to cultivate positive human values in his heart.
A good Buddhist is diligent, ever hard-working, duty
conscious and altruistic.
A good Buddhist, having studied and practised the
doctrine of the Buddha and being convinced of His
teachings, tries his best to promote its spread and make
it known to others. He is fully aware that it is a great
merit to share the Dhamma with other fellow-beings.
A good Buddhist never fails to study Dhammapada.
Dhammapada means the path of Dhammapada. It contains 423
Pali verses uttered by the most compassionate Buddha on
various occasions to a wide range of audience. These
verses have been collected from different books of
sacred Buddhist literature, the Tripitaka. Each verse is
a guideline for happy living.
Let’s look at some of those verses which are full of
wisdom and meaning.
Mind is the most significant force. It is the source of
all actions. If we act or speak with an impure mind, we
suffer. But if we act or speak with a clean mind, then
we shall be happy.
Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love and kindness.
Just as the rain penetrates through a poorly thatched
house, even so does lust break through the uncultivated
Hard-working men, ever heedful and alert, outstrip the
lazy and careless ones as a swift horse outstrips a weak
horse. Ever grows the glory of him who is energetic and
mindful, whose deeds are pure and well-considered, who
is restrained, righteous and vigilant.