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Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Dhammapada verses 35 & 36

The mind, hard to control, Flighty — alighting where it wishes — One does well to tame. The disciplined mind brings happiness. The mind, hard to see, Subtle — alighting where it wishes — The sage protects. The watched mind … Continue reading

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Interesting (pandemic) times

We interrupt our previously scheduled posts to check in on how we are doing in the extraordinary conditions we are all living through right now. In our different situations, we are facing challenges we could not have foreseen a few … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 34

Like a fish out of water, Thrown on dry ground, This mind thrashes about, Trying to escape Māra’s command. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) “Māra’s command” represents a desire that we know is unwholesome, so the struggle represented in this verse … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 33

The restless, agitated mind, Hard to protect, hard to control, The sage makes straight, As a fletcher the shaft of an arrow. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Most of us recognize that our minds tend to be restless and agitated, at … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 30, 31 & 32

With vigilance, Indra became the greatest of the gods. The gods praise vigilance, Forever rejecting negligence. The monastic who delights in vigilance And fears negligence Advances like a fire, Burning fetters subtle and gross. The monastic who delights in vigilance … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 28 & 29

Driving away negligence with vigilance, Ascending the tower of insight and free of sorrow, A sage observes the sorrowing masses As someone standing on a mountain observes fools on the ground below. Vigilant among the negligent, Wide awake among the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 26 & 27

Unwise, foolish people Give themselves over to negligence. The wise Protect vigilance as the greatest treasure. Don’t give yourself to negligence, Don’t devote yourself to sensual pleasure. Vigilant and absorbed in meditation One attains abundant happiness. This pair of verses … Continue reading

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