The Development of Life According To the Integrated Buddhist Doctrines

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Chuchat Sutta

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This research article aims to study 1) to study the development of life along the modern science, 2) to explore the development of life in line with Theravada Buddhist scriptures and 3) to propose the Buddhist integration of the life development. This is conducted by the qualitative research method, collecting the data from the Tipitaka, Commentaries academic textbooks, related researches, In - depth interviews and focus group discussions of the qualified were conducted. Then analysis and synthesis from the significant related resources were also done and presented. The results of the study showed:- 1) The development of life along the modern science, Maslow’s hierarchy - of - needs theory on the development of Quality of Life (QOL) is considered that self - actualization or self development for complement must respond to demand in a systematic procedure ; from the basic needs necessary for survival to need a high level of understanding themselves and the world perfectly. While the development process of life based on holistic health is believed that the integrity of health is due to the development of all parts of life ; physical, social (environmental), mind and soul adequately. 2) The development of life in line with Theravada Buddhist scriptures, is believed that, The humans can develop to their highest perfection for attaining the Arahantaship through the development of life as stated in the Maṅgala - sutta, can be classified into 3 levels as mentioned in the Maṅgala-sutta: 1) the development of life in beginning; the greatest blessings are no. 1 -18, The middle; the greatest blessings are no. 19 -30 and The high level (for eradicating defilements); the greatest blessings are no. 31 -38 respectively. 3) The Buddhist integration of the life development, can be devided (A) In beginning with the five steps; 1) Standardization of thought, 2) Life on the fundamentals, 3) Training to be specialists, 4) Management of family, and 5) The welfare of people. (B) In the middle with the three steps; 1) The pretreatment of the mind, 2) The adoption of Buddha-dhamma , and 3) The Dharma practice in the high level. (C) In the high level with the two steps; 1) The real treat for getting rid of defilements, and 2) The perseverance of pure consciousness.

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