Author Archives: lynnjkelly

About lynnjkelly

Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Introductory thoughts

What the Buddha never said: “I teach only dukkha and the end of dukkha.”  What he did say, in a particular context, was: “In the past, monks, and also now, I teach suffering and the cessation of suffering.” (MN 22) … Continue reading

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Discerning for ourselves

We might be thinking that the Buddha’s Eightfold Path is something we can use on an as-needed basis, only when we’re dissatisfied with something or when trouble strikes. That doesn’t work very well because it ignores the fact that the … Continue reading

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Your comments and what’s next

I’m grateful that a number of you responded to my request for recommendations; your suggestions were both helpful and kind. Where the blog will go from here is a deep dive into the Buddha’s eightfold path and related topics, which … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 391 to 423

Whoever does no ill Through body, speech, and mind, And is restrained in these three areas, I call a brahmin. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This last chapter of the Dhammapada (the Brahmin) includes a long series of verses that end … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 388

Having banished evil, One is called a brahmin. Living peacefully, One is called a renunciant. Having driven out one’s own impurities, One is called “one who has gone forth.” (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The last chapter in the Dhammapada is … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 382

Engaged in the Buddha’s teachings, Even a young bhikkhu Lights up this world Like the moon Set free from a cloud. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse concludes the chapter in the Dhammapada called “The Bhikkhu”, or monk. It states … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 380

One is one’s own protector, one is one’s own refuge. Therefore, one should control oneself, even as a trader controls a noble steed. (translated by Ācāriya Buddharakkhita [on Sutta Central]) This verse offers us a an in-depth consideration of the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 378 (peaceful)

Peaceful in body, peaceful in speech, The bhikkhu peaceful and well-concentrated Who has rejected the world’s bait Is called “one at peace.” (translated by Gil Fronsdal) To be peaceful in body, we need to be peaceful in mind; the two … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 376

Mix with spiritual friends, who are tireless and pure of livelihood. Share what you have with others, being skillful in your conduct. And when you’re full of joy, you’ll make an end to suffering. (translated by Sujato Bhikkhu) This verse … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 375

The starting point for an insightful bhikkhu is Guarding the senses, Contentment, Restraint according to the monastic rules, And associating with good spiritual friends Who live purely and untiringly. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Starting point? Hm. This implies that to … Continue reading

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