The Middle Path

Since 2003, I have been a member at beliefnet.com. I receive daily emails of my choosing from them and have spent many years now reading excerpts and teachings from each of the “big” five religions – Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Enlightening, to say the least. A conversation for another time.

Anyway, this was my Daily Buddhist this morning. Made me smile. Moderation, right? Bold emphasis is mine:

Let me tell you about the middle path. Dressing in rough and dirty garments, letting your hair grow matted, abstaining from eating any meat or fish, does not cleanse the one who is deluded. Mortifying the flesh through excessive hardship does not lead to a triumph over the senses. All self-inflicted suffering is useless as long as the feeling of self is dominant. You should lose your involvement with yourself and then eat and drink naturally, according to the needs of your body. Attachment to your appetites–whether you deprive or indulge them–can lead to slavery, but satisfying the needs of daily life is not wrong. Indeed, to keep a body in good health is a duty, for otherwise the mind will not stay strong and clear. This is the middle path. (Discourse II)

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