Eight Principles and Ten Basic Needs

Ever since encountering these two sets of guidelines, I have been intrigued by how they relate to each other – while the first is internal and the latter is external or environmental – still, they reflect and support each other.

The Damma in Brief (Eight Principles) AN 8.53
"As for the qualities of which you may know, These qualities lead

  • to dispassion, not to passion;
  • to being unfettered, not to being fettered;
  • to shedding, not to accumulating;
  • to modesty, not to self-aggrandizement;
  • to contentment, not to discontent;
  • to seclusion, not to entanglement;
  • to aroused persistence, not to laziness;
  • to being unburdensome, not to being burdensome’
    You may categorically hold, ‘This is the Dhamma, this is the Vinaya, this is the Teacher’s instruction.’"

The 10 basic needs of every human being
source: Sarvodaya.org

  • A clean and beautiful environment
  • Clean drinking water
  • Adequate supplies of clothing
  • Adequate and balanced nutrition
  • Simple housing
  • Basic health care
  • Basic communication facilities
  • A minimal supply of energy
  • Holistic education
  • Satisfaction of spiritual, cultural needs and peace building