Friday, May 27, 2011

Five Precepts Blues; #2.9 - Jack of Diamonds

Be Good Tanyas - The Coo Coo Bird

"Jack of Diamonds, Jack  of Diamonds, don't I know you of old?
You've robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold."

In the Sigalovada Sutta, the Buddha the describes the six dangers in compulsive gambling;

"These are the six dangers inherent in compulsive gambling: winning breeds resentment; the loser mourns lost property; savings are lost; one's word carries no weight in a public forum; friends and colleagues display their contempt; and one is not sought after for marriage, since a gambler cannot adequately support a family."

Gambling isn't exactly described as stealing, but it doesn't seem too far off either. It could be described as a sort of insensitivity to what others have.


  1. Gambling isn't stealing (at least ideally!) but it is trying to get something for nothing.

  2. If only that were the usual outcome!

  3. The reality is probably more like *give* something for nothing.

  4. that's really funny, in an unfortunate kind of way...