Daily Reading ~ March 19

Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

 There are these five right times for striving. What five? Concerning this, one is young, youthful, black-haired, blessed with the beauty of youth and in the prime of life. This is the first right time for striving.

Then, one has health and well-being, with a good digestion that is not over-hot or over-cool. The is the second right time.

If there is no famine and the crops are good, with food easy to get and one can easily live on gleanings and favors, this is the third good time. 

When men live in friendly fellowship, harmonious as mild and water blended, without quarrels and looking upon each other with the eye of affection, this is the fourth good time.

Again, the Sangha dwells in friendly fellowship, content with one teaching, then there is no reviling one another, no accusation, quarrelling, contention, but they with little faith find faith, and the faith of those already faithful grows. This is the fifth time for striving.