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Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Dhammapada verses 155 & 156

Those who have neither lived the chaste life Nor gained wealth in their youth* Waste away like frail herons In a lake devoid of fish. Those who have neither lived the chaste life Nor gained wealth in their youth Lie … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 153 & 154

The second of these two verses is a stock construction that appears many times throughout the Pali canon. The words apply to anyone who achieves full awakening, or Nibbana, and may be spoken by the Buddha or by the newly … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 152

The person of little learningGrows old like an ox;The flesh increases, But insight does not. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse does not refer to book-learning but to acquired wisdom. During youth and middle age we may feel that we are … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 146 & 151

Why the laughter, why the joy, When flames are ever burning? Surrounded by darkness, Shouldn’t you search for light? (verse 146) Even the splendid chariots of the royalty wear out. So too does the body decay. But the Dharma of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 145

Irrigators guide water;Fletchers shape arrows;Carpenters fashion wood;The well-practiced tame themselves. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Once in the past, most people had one occupation, one profession, one trade or craft (butcher, baker, candlestick maker), often inherited from his/her parents. There was … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 143-144

Where in this world does one find Someone restrained by conscience, Who knows little of blame, As a good horse knows little of the whip? Like a good horse alert to the whip, Be ardent and alarmed*. With faith, virtue, … Continue reading

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Dhammapda verses 137-140

Whoever uses violence to harm The nonviolent and innocent Quickly goes to one of ten conditions: Intense pain or great loss, Bodily injury or insanity, Serious illness or vicious slander, Oppression from rulers or the loss of relatives, Houses consumed … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 136

Even while doing evil,Fools are ignorant of it.Like someone burned by fire,Those lacking wisdom are scorched by their own deeds.(translated by Gil Fronsdal) Here is a second translation of this verse for comparison: When a person ignorant (of the Dhamma)commits … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 135

As, with a stick, a cowherd drivesCows to pasture,So aging and death driveThe lives of beings. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Just as a cow is reluctant to respond to the stick and will try to avoid it, we humans prefer … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 134

If, like a broken bell,You do not reverberate,Then you have attained NirvanaAnd no hostility is found in you. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This colorful simile represents a test for us. If we are attacked with words or actions, how do … Continue reading

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