The Problem With Disregarding the Distinction Between Renunciant and Lay Practice

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Might it have led you to develop right livelihood more suitably?
Perhaps choosing a more suitable livelihood for yourself?

Mara’s snare is very tricky, so even if we may be conceptually aware of the flaw, doesn’t necessarily mean that we are able to guard against taking the bait. I think the Buddha said that only those who have developed the jhanas are capable of making themselves immune to the appeal of Mara’s bait.


Though this thread has been idle for almost a month, I’d just like to add another thought —

I’ve been reading through the Samyutta Nikaya, and one thing that I’ve noticed is that the first of the five Vaggas is the Sagatha, which is dedicated to verses. I would submit that this section is unfairly neglected. Lots of the stuff involving the devas and/or King Pasenadi is actually quite lay-appropriate.