One of the most common misconceptions about the Buddha’s teachings, which is prevailing even today, is that his teachings are only for the monks and not for the householders. However, the Buddha’s teachings are beneficial for monks as well as for householders. He expounded thirty-eight highest welfares (Mangal Dhamma) for householders to live a happy and peaceful life.
अत्ता हि अत्तनो नाथो, अत्ता हि अत्तनो गति।
-You are your own master, you make your own future. - Dhammapada 380
With these bold words, the Buddha guided householders to take refuge in themselves instead of relying on invisible deities or demi-gods. With every person walking on the eightfold noble path, the entire society started to become healthy. It helped in reducing unhealthy practices in the society like animal sacrifices, caste discrimination etc.
This book expounds why the Buddha is called as ‘lokguru’- i.e. a teacher for monks as well as householders. It also contains information on the Buddha’s teachings for householders and the impact of his teachings on the society at that time.
This book is ideal for Vipassana meditators as well as non-meditators.