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Three Kinds of Rich People


Question:

In Buddhism, it is taught that there are three kinds of rich people. What kind of people are they?


Answer:

1. People who are rich in house 2. People who are rich in body 3. People who are rich in mind: Shakyamuni Buddha said that this is the best one.

Explanation: “Rich people” refers to those who are blessed or happy. In general, “rich people” means those who have money, such as millionaires or billionaires. However, Shakyamuni Buddha taught that there are three kinds of “rich people”.

1. People who are rich in house: Those who are blessed with money and possessions. 2. People who are rich in body: Those who are blessed with health. 3. People who are rich in mind: Those who have been granted the great virtue of the Name from Amida Buddha (attained true faith) and made to live on in absolute happiness.

Money, possessions, and body are impermanent. No matter how much of them we are blessed with, we are always unable to feel at ease and, in the end, they all will collapse. Therefore, Sakyamuni Buddha urges us to be saved from this world into everlasting happiness by Amida Buddha as soon as possible.

(from the doctrine book 4-3)

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