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Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Dhammapada verse 177

Fools don’t praise generosity; Misers don’t go to the world of gods. The wise rejoice in generosity And so find happiness in the hereafter. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Generosity is a broad category of intention and behavior, and is the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 176

For people who speak falsely,Who transgress in this one way,And who reject the world beyond,There is no evil they won’t do. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This is a verse about the importance of being scrupulously truthful. It refers to a … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 174

Blind is this world; Few see clearly here. As birds who escape from nets are few, Few go to heaven. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) In the Buddhist cosmology there are several heavens, stratified by degrees of refinement. Through the ages … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 172-173

Whoever recovers from doing evil By doing something wholesome Illuminates the world Like the moon set free from a cloud. Whoever replaces an evil deed With what is wholesome Illuminates the world Like the moon set free from a cloud. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 171

Come, look on this worldAs a beautified royal chariot.Fools flounder in it,But the discerning do not cling. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This compact verse implies that, for some people, the whole world of experience is like a fancy car. We … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 170

If one sees the world as a bubble, If one sees it as a mirage, One won’t be seen By the King of Death. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse appears in the chapter called “The World” which we can … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 167-169

Do not follow an inferior way; Don’t live with negligence. Do not follow a wrong view; Don’t be engrossed in the world. Rouse yourself! Don’t be negligent! Live the Dharma, a life of good conduct. One who lives the Dharma … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 166

Don’t give up your own welfare For the sake of others’ welfare, however great. Clearly know your own welfare And be intent on the highest good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse has an obvious meaning and also includes a … Continue reading

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Dammapada verse 165

Evil is done by oneself alone; By oneself is one defiled. Evil is avoided by oneself; By oneself alone is one purified. Purity and impurity depend on oneself: No one can purify another. (translated by Gil Frondsal) This popular verse … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 163

It’s easy to do what is not goodAnd things that harm oneself.It’s very difficult to doThings beneficial and good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Fact: Addictive behaviors are easy to surrender to – social media, food, drugs, alcohol, television, pornography. Not … Continue reading

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