On Sunday 15 January, seasoned Dhamma speaker Datuk Charlie Chia was invited to present a talk themed ‘Happiness at Home’. The family is a very important aspect of our lives. Whatever the events that transpired throughout the day, every householder would definitely feel most recharged coming back to a peaceful and harmonious home.
In the Sigalovada Sutta, the Buddha outlined the duties of different individuals in the household: namely, the parents, children, wife and husband. Knowing that each individual plays a part in creating and maintaining peace and harmony, we should put in effort to cultivate such qualities relevant to us.
Obtaining and managing wealth is also a necessity for householders. Having enough wealth, enjoyment of material comfort, freedom from debt, and living a harmless life are four kinds of happiness that can be enjoyed by laymen as outlined in the Anana Sutta.
The Vyagghapajja Sutta further elaborates on the four conditions that are conducive towards the layman’s worldly progress: indefatigable effort; wise protection of one’s wealth; good friendships; and contented living.
We would like to thank Datuk Charlie for sharing with us the Buddhist teaching on creating happiness at home. May we take this wisdom to heart and practise well in order to bring true harmony and peace home.