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Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Dhammapada verses 67 & 68

No deed is good That one regrets having done, That results in weeping And a tear-streaked face. A deed is good That one doesn’t regret having done, That results in joy And delight. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Sometimes human nature … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 66

Fools with no sense Go about as their own enemies, Doing evil deeds that Bear bitter fruit. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse is an expression of the principle of karma, the law of causation: good actions produce good results … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 64 & 65

A fool associating with a sage, Even if for a lifetime, Will no more perceive the Dharma Than a spoon will perceive the taste of soup. A discerning person who associates with a sage, Even if for a brief moment, … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 62 & 63

A fool suffers, thinking, “I have children! I have wealth!” One’s self is not even one’s own. How then are children? How then is wealth? A fool conscious of her foolishness Is to that extent wise. But a fool who … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 61

If, while on your way, You meet no one your equal or better, Steadily continue on your way alone. There is no fellowship with fools. This is not the only place in the Pali canon that the Buddha recommends being … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 60

Night is long for one lying awake. Seven miles is long for one exhausted. Saṃsāra is long for fools Ignorant of the true Dhamma. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse is the first one listed in a chapter called The … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 58-59

As a sweet-smelling lotus Pleasing to the heart May grow in a heap of rubbish Discarded along the highway, So a disciple of the Fully Awakened One Shines with wisdom Amid the rubbish heap Of blind, common people. (translated by … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 56 & 57

Slight Is the scent of rosebay or sandalwood, But the scent of the virtuous is supreme, Drifting even to the gods. Māra does not find the path Of those endowed with virtue, Living with vigilance, And freed by right understanding. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 54 & 55

The scent of flowers — sandalwood, jasmine, and rosebay — Doesn’t go against the wind. But the scent of a virtuous person Does travel against the wind: It spreads in all directions. The scent of virtue Is unsurpassed Even by … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 53

Just as from a heap of flowers Many garlands can be made, So, you, with your mortal life, Should do many skillful things. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse points out that to have a mortal life is a gift … Continue reading

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