The attraction of good luck

The attraction of good luck

“Mangala” means something auspicious, a blessing, happiness, a good or lucky sign, or an omen.

In the Mangala Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha told us what to do so we can live an auspicious/happy life.

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was living in the vicinity of Savatthi at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove. Late at night, a deva appeared whose light and beauty made the whole Jeta Grove shine radiantly. After paying respects to the Buddha, the deva asked him a question in the form of a verse:

“Many gods and men are eager to know

what are the greatest blessings

which bring about a peaceful and happy life.

Please, Tathagata, will you teach us?”

(This is the Buddha’s answer):

“Not to be associated with the foolish ones,

to live in the company of wise people,

honoring those who are worth honoring —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live in a good environment,

to have planted good seeds,

and to realize that you are on the right path —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To have a chance to learn and grow,

to be skillful in your profession or craft,

practicing the precepts and loving speech —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To be able to serve and support your parents,

to cherish your own family,

to have a vocation that brings you joy —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live honestly, generous in giving,

to offer support to relatives and friends,

living a life of blameless conduct —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To avoid unwholesome actions,

not caught by alcoholism or drugs,

and to be diligent in doing good things —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To be humble and polite in manner,

to be grateful and content with a simple life,

not missing the occasion to learn the Dharma —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To persevere and be open to change,

to have regular contact with monks and nuns,

and to fully participate in Dharma discussions —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live diligently and attentively,

to perceive the Noble Truths,

and to realize Nirvana —

this is the greatest happiness.

“To live in the world

with your heart undisturbed by the world,

with all sorrows ended, dwelling in peace —

this is the greatest happiness.

“For he or she who accomplishes this,

unvanquished wherever she goes,

always he is safe and happy —

happiness lives within oneself.”

Mahamangala Sutta, Sutta Nipata 1

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has imparted so many dharmas!

May we all not miss the occasions to learn them.

To be able to learn and practice them is the greatest fortune for us all.

May this sutra bring you on the path to happiness, and a few moments of relief from all stresses.

Happy holidays!

The attraction of good luck

Source of the sutra: Mangala Sutra

Link: https://hhdorjechangbuddhaiiiinfo.com/2022/11/21/the-attraction-of-good-luck/

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