How to follow out the Triple Gem of Buddhism?

How to follow out the Triple Gem of Buddhism?
A Buddhist who take refuge of Triple Gem should not forget it and repeatedly associate it. Every Buddhist must have a devotion on Triple Gem. They have to offer their best honor for the Triple Gem. And consecrate as much as they can. 

Lord Buddha is nor more in front of us. Therefore you have to offer your honor for the dagobas, Buddha statues and bo-trees at temple. The consecrate must offer for those things on behalf of Lord Buddha. When going in front of Buddha statue, dagoba or bo-tree you have to go with full of honor as you go in front of a king. When going there you have to remove your head covers and foot covers. You should not dirt the place and surround. When you came to the temple if there is dirty you have a right to clean. Maintaining Buddhist's temples is also a right of a Buddhist. Do not consume or theft the properties and assets which are donated or alms to temples. Consuming the properties of temples is a very deep sin and very hard to pay off. 

Dhamma is not an object type thing. Therefore the offering for Dhamma is offering for Bhikkus who act according to Dhamma. Books that contain Dhamma are Dhamma Pagodas. When sermonize Dhamma you should here it respectably. When you are hearing a sermon do not sit on chairs or higher seats, do not back the Bhikkhu and do not straight your legs forward to the Bhikkhu. It is an insult for the Dhamma. Further, if you are doing other work in a place where sermonize Dhamma and behavioring to disturb the people who listen Dhamma is also an insult for Dhamma. Listening to Dhamma with honor is a merit and insulting is a sin. Protecting Dhamma is also a right of Buddhist. To protect Dhamma we have to publish more Dhamma books and documents, help the monks to sermon and learn Dhamma and preparing more Dhamma sermons among the people. 

We have to distribute the loving-kind mind on Bhikkhus who called the Sangha. We must help them to carry the Buddhism. Should concern on their health and wealth. We have to respect them all the time. When meet we should stand up if sat. Do not sit higher seats in front of Bhikkhus. We must remove head and foot covers in front of them. Talk with honor in front of them or not in front of them. 

Buddhist must take advices from Bhikkhus regularly. When combining with Bhikkhus do not make strong friendships with them. While associating do it as you work with fire. If you make strong friendships with Bhikkhus you might loss the respect at them and you may use the Bhikkhu owns and may attend to hell after death. Keep away from the bad, non-virtuous monks. 

Limit the association with Bhikkhus only for taking advices and taking help collect merits. Do not hope help other than religious from Bhikkhus.

Bhikkhus must stay separate from lay people. Should not do much to satisfy contributors other than the religious things. If break this rule it will make a sin for the Bhikkhu. Therefore virtuous Bhikkhus do not do such things. Lay people must not angry with Bhikkhus in such situation. Some Bhikkhus give some gifts for the lay people for make them satisfy. Receiving people who do not know Dhamma will make confidence at those Bhikkhus. But if you are a real Buddhist you must keep away from such Bhikkhus. Lord Buddha has discoursed 21 facts that Bhikkhus must not do. Those are called Anesana.

Lay people must aware of using or damage properties of Bhikkhus. Usually Bhikkhus are not going to revenge. Therefore some sinful people insult and accuse Bhikkhus without any fear. Sometimes they think it is their scholasticism. If only insult for one Bhikkhu it means insult for whole Bhikkhus. It is a big sinful behavior. Bhikkhus not hurt people using their glory. Bhikkhu does not scold to whom scolding and does not quarrel with whom quarrelling. Bhikkhu is calm, endure person. Harming such a virtuous person some people fall into very deep sins. If the Bhikkhu is non-virtue lay people have no right to insult them. Lay people can keep those type of Bhikkhus away or abstinent. 

Translated from the writings of Ven. Rerukane Chandawimala Thero

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