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Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Dhammapada verses 117 & 118

Having done something evil,Don’t repeat it,Don’t wish for it:Evil piled up brings suffering. Having done something meritorious,Repeat it,Wish for it:Merit piled up brings happiness. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We are creatures of habit; sometimes we keep doing something, without reflection, … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 116

Be quick to do good, Restrain your mind from evil. When one is slow to make merit, One’s mind delights in evil. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We now come to a chapter called “Evil”, so it’s worth considering what that … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 114 & 115

Better than one hundred years lived Without seeing the Deathless Is one day lived Seeing the Deathless. Better than one hundred years lived Without seeing the Deathless Is one day lived Seeing the ultimate Dharma. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) These … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 112 & 113

Better than one hundred years livedLazily and lacking in effortIs one day livedWith vigor and exertion. Better than one hundred years livedWithout seeing the arising and passing of thingsIs one day livedSeeing their arising and passing. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 110 & 111

Better than one hundred years lived With an unsettled [mind], Devoid of virtue, Is one day lived Virtuous and absorbed in meditation. Better than one hundred years lived With an unsettled [mind], Devoid of virtue, Is one day lived With … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 108-109

Whatever sacrifice or offering a merit seeker Might perform in an entire year Is not worth one-fourth as much as Expressing respect to those who are upright. For the person who shows respect And always reveres worthy people, Four things … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 106-107

Better than a thousand ritual sacrificesOffered every month for a hundred yearsIs one moment’s homage offeredTo one who has cultivated herself. Better than a hundred yearsIn the forest tending a ritual fireIs one moment’s homage offeredTo one who has cultivated … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 104-105

Certainly it is better to conquer Oneself than others. For someone who is self-restrained And always lives with mastery, Neither a god, a gandhabba, Nor Marā and Brahmā together Could turn conquest into defeat. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The gandhabbas … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 103

Greater in combat Than a person who conquers A thousand times a thousand people is the person who conquers herself. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) (Much appreciation to Gil Fronsdal for the gender inclusivity he brings to his translation of the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 100 – 102

Better than a thousand meaningless statements Is one meaningful word, Which, having been heard, Brings peace. Better than a thousand meaningless verses Is one meaningful line of verse, Which, having been heard, Brings peace. Better than reciting a hundred meaningless … Continue reading

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