social unit of the family, members need to fulfil their reciprocal
responsibilities if they want harmony and happiness for all.
Similarly, in the society as a whole, all members of the community
need to fulfil their responsibilities so that everyone will
be able to live in security and happiness.
relationship is important in society because of the knowledge,
moral values and wisdom that a teacher can impart to his pupil
in order to help him develop his potential to the fullest. Thus
a pupil should show respect and gratitude to his teacher by:
from his seat to greet his teacher; (ii) attending to his needs
to make him comfortable; (iii) being eager to learn from him;
(iv) giving him special services beyond his basic needs; (v)
listening attentively when he is teaching.
in turn should show his affection and concern for the well-being
of his pupil by:
an example of correct behaviour; (ii) seeing that he masters
the knowledge and skills taught; (iii) using effective methods
of teaching; (iv) introducing his pupil to his own friends and
associates; (v) caring for his welfare and safety.
desires to have friends, The test of true friendship lies in
the genuine concern, sympathy and understanding shown by one
person towards another at all times and in all circumstances.
A person extends his friendship by:
generous; (ii) being courteous; (iii) being helpful; (iv) treating
the other person well; (v) being sincere.
certain obligations one fulfils towards one's friends, A person
reciprocates true friendship by:
(i) protecting the other party when he is careless; (ii) protecting
his property when he is neglectful; (iii) offering him refuge
when he is in danger; (iv) not deserting him when he is in trouble;
(v) respecting other members of his family.
of any business depends on a good relationship between the employer
and his employees. If the relationship between them is strained
because of a lack of concern and understanding on either side,
or both, they cannot do their best. With this in mind, the employer
must look after his staff by:
them work according to their capabilities;
(ii) giving them fair salaries;
(iii) providing them with medical care;
(iv) letting them enjoy special benefits such as bonuses and
(v) giving them leave at the proper time for vacation or even
leave to attend to urgent family matters.
of their employer's concern for them, the employees should reciprocate
punctual and showing initiative in performing their work;
(ii) seeing their work through to its completion;
(iii) being honest;
(iv) doing their work well;
(v) maintaining the good reputation of the employer.
teacher plays an important role in guiding his disciples along
the path to ultimate happiness. He should therefore be honoured
words and thoughts that express their affection and regard;
(ii) being welcomed in his disciples' homes; (iii) being provided
with his material needs.
teacher, treated with such affection and regard by his disciples,
should show his compassion for them by:
(i) correcting them when they behave badly; (ii) encouraging
them to do good; (iii) being affectionate towards them;
(iv) teaching them the Truth; (v) showing them the way to happiness
in the future.
to the teaching Sigala promised the Buddha and said, "I
take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. May the
Perfected One receive me as one who has taken The Refuge from
this day to the end of my life."
the Buddha gave this discourse to Sigala about 2,500 years ago,
it is still relevant to the society of today. In pointing out
how people should behave, the Buddha has provided His lay followers
with guidelines that promote respect and responsibility among
members of the society. If these guidelines are sincerely followed,
they will result in a society in which all can enjoy harmony,
security and prosperity.