Buddhist Ley People in the West

Ven. Piseth Sek, Ven. Ratanak keo

Abstract


People in the West, where Christianity is the main religion, seemed to hear little - if not nothing - of him. Today, more and more western people know about Buddhism. Some become ordinary Buddhists who come from Asean Buddhist Countries. Some are the well-known Buddhist teachers and/or authors
Buddhist lay people are equally important for the sustainability of Buddhism. In the West, where there is there shortage of monks, Buddhist lay people play even more important roles in the name if main disciples of Buddha are Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Upasikas, Upasikaas. Upasikas and Upasikaas are the lay disciples who respect the teaching of the Buddha. They are the disciples of Buddha and consider the pillar of Buddhism. There are interdependent. Monks cannot live and practice the dhamma easily without the support of lay people. On the other hand, lay people who are very busy with the living - having no time studying the teaching - find it hard to understand the teaching without the guidance of the monks, nevertheless lay people in the west always practice their duty such as learning and teaching, writing and publishing, doing meditation, charity supporting monks, preserving precepts
(silas) and donating money to help sustain temples
Thus the roles of Buddhist lay people in promoting Buddhism in the West. It also tells the readers how Buddhism came to the West. In addition, it tries to give a piece of suggestion for being a good lay Buddhist in the West.

Keywords


Buddhist, Ley People, in the West

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