On 3 March, Bro. Benny Liow gave a Dhamma talk on ‘Cultivating Respect’ at Nalanda Centre. In Latin, re spectum means ‘to look more carefully’. Thus, to respect someone is to know them better, to look at their good qualities, and where appropriate, to honour those qualities. The Buddha said that the ability to give respect is in itself a great blessing.
Referring to the Gārava Sutta (SN 6.2), Bro. Benny reminded us that we should always reflect on the virtues and characteristics of the Three Jewels. This inspires much respect for our spiritual refuge, and guides us on the Dhamma path. Citing the Sigālovāda Sutta (DN 31), he explained the ways in which we should give reciprocal respect and support towards our parents, teachers, spouse, friends, children, employers and workers as taught by the Buddha.
We thank Bro. Benny for the insightful Dhamma sharing. Let us be consistent and mindful to always have respect for the Three Jewels, our teachers, family, friends and all beings.