Forest Sangha Newsletter April 1990
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A Leap of Faith; Ajahn Sucitta
Practice after the Retreat; Sister Sundara
Observance Day at Wat Pah Nanachat; Ajahn Sucitto
The Way; Aj. Liam & City of 10,000 Buddhas monks
Almsround in Britain; Sister Viveka
Question Time; Ajahn Jagaro
Advance is Based on Retreat; Ajahn Sucitto
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'The Great Lion's Roar to the Udumbarikans,' verse 23
from Thus Have I heard, the Digha Nikaya as translated by Maurice Walshe (Wisdom Publication).

Nigrodha, you may think: 'The ascetic Gotama says this in order to get disciples.' But you should not regard it like that. Let him who is your teacher remain your teacher. Or you may think: 'He wants us to abandon our rules.' But you should not regard it like that. Let your rules remain as they are. Or you may think: 'He wants us to abandon our way of life.' But you should not regard it like that.

Let your way of life remain as it was. Or you may think: 'He wants us to establish us in doing of things that according to our teaching are wrong, and are so considered among us.' But you should not regard it like that. Let those things you consider wrong continue to be so considered. Or you may think: 'He wants us to draw us away from things that according to our teaching are good, and are so considered among us.' But you should not regard it like that. Let whatever you consider right continue to be so considered. Nigrodha, I do not speak for any of these reasons ...

 
If you practice accordingly, these tainted things will be abandoned, and the things that make for purification will develop and grow.
 

There are, Nigrodha, unwholesome things that have not been abandoned, tainted, conducive to rebirth, fearful, productive of painful results in the future, associated with birth, decay and death. It is for abandonment of these things that I teach Dhamma. If you practice accordingly, these tainted things will be abandoned, and the things that make for purification will develop and grow, and you will attain to and dwell, in this very life, by your own insights and realisation, in the fullness of perfected wisdom.