The third of the five guidelines is the three learnings. To counteract the problems of the people in our world and age, the Buddha taught:

  • Moral self-discipline

  • Meditative concentration

  • Innate wisdom.

Moral discipline counteracts our habits of wrongdoing. Meditative concentration counteracts the tendency of our mind to wander and have scattered thoughts. Wisdom counteracts our ignorance, wrong views, and lack of correct understanding.

We begin with moral self-discipline, with training. On a basic level, we abstain from killing; from stealing; from sexual, or sensual, misconduct; from lying; and from the taking of intoxicants. On a broader basis, we behave properly and ethically in everything we do.

Next is meditative concentration. In meditative concentration, we focus our attention on whatever we choose. There are no distractions or worries, no doubts or drowsiness, no discriminations or attachments: We remain unaffected by our environment and maintain a calm, undisturbed mind.

Third is intuitive wisdom. Intuitive wisdom is not an intellectual pursuit, nor is it a measure of academic intelligence. It is knowing and understanding, and it arises from within us when our mind is clear and calm.

<< Previous Next >>