The Buddha’s teaching was very simple, “Always do good, never do evil, keep your mind clear.”
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By failing to follow these simple guidelines, and instead by following the way of Machiavelli, one tends to contrive and strategize. Walter Scott wrote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave / When first we practice to deceive!” But “murder will out.” Eventually, the failure to follow the Buddha’s injunctions will be exposed. The failure to follow what one learned in kindergarten will be revealed.