Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life
by VENERABLE DHAMMAPITAKA (P.A. PAYUTTO)
Translated from Thai by BRUCE EVANS
Size: 8” x 8”
This book, A Constitution for Living (Thammanoon Cheewit), when originally compiled and printed in 1976, was entitled A Handbook for Living (Koo Mue Damnern Cheewit). Written by a very famous Thai Buddhist monk, P.A. Payutto (Venerable Dhammapitaka) and translated elegantly by Bruce Evans, this book cuts across tradition, culture and religion.
We are provided with intricate details on how to lead the “good life” in society and particularly, in our social intercourse with others. Practical and applicable to here-and-now, the author provides a focused exposition on how to be a good person in general and a good Buddhist in particular. The contents of this book are gleaned from the Pali Tipitaka and Commentaries, the tests of Theravada Buddhism, which is lived and practiced today in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The teachings are over 2,500 years old, but they are far from outdated. In today’s egalitarian societies, in which we find all our traditional rotes either torn down or under question, and in which in spite of a flood of “enlightened” ideas our lives are more confused than ever, the Buddhist teachings, dating back to a time when things were much simpler, are like a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded room. Perhaps it is time for a return to mere traditional, yet more enduring, values.
The teachings contained in this book are based on timeless principles: compassion, goodwill, harmony, cooperation and wisdom. To the modern cynic, they may seem idealistic, but they are not impossible. They can be put into practice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Dhammapitaka (P.A. Payutto) was born in 1939 in Suphanburi Province, Thailand. Venerable is one of Thailand’s most well-known Buddhist Scholars. His writings cover not only traditional Buddhist subjects but also Buddhist perspectives on modern academic themes. He was the recipient of the 1994 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.