Daily Reading ~ November 12

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

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

It is just as if a man traveling in a forest should come across an ancient road, and ancient path, traversed by men in former times, and proceeding along it, should come to an ancient city, an old royal citadel lived in by men in former times, with parks and groves, water tanks and walls – a truly delightful place.

Then, suppose that this man should tell of his discovery to the king or royal minister, saying: “Sire, you should know that I have discovered an ancient city. Restore that place.” Then, suppose that ancient city was restored, so that it became prosperous, flourishing, populous, and was filled with folk, and it grew and expanded. In the same way, I have seen an ancient road, an ancient path traversed by the fully enlightened Buddhas of former times. And what is that path? It is the Noble Eightfold Path.