On Sunday 5 February, Datuk Charlie Chia spoke about the importance of both worldly and spiritual wealth for lay people. He said that having the right measure in both kinds of wealth is important along one’s journey of cultivation.
As lay Buddhists, the pursuit and accumulation of worldly wealth is permitted within the boundaries of morality. However, we should understand that material wealth can only do so much for us, and cannot bring us beyond suffering.
Apart from meeting basic needs, we may wisely share our wealth with the needy through charity and offerings. Performing generous actions that benefit oneself and others brings us ‘spiritual prosperity’.
We must also bear in mind that worldly prosperity does not only come in the form of material possessions, but also good health. Having nutritious food, good rest, and exercise is important for our physical well-being. Having nourished the body, we then nurture the mind through the cultivation of Noble Eightfold Path.
With Right Understanding and balanced practice, we achieve all forms of well-being and attain true ‘wealth’. Sadhu anumodana.