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Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Dhammapada verses 13&14

As rain penetrates an ill-thatched house, so lust penetrates an uncultivated mind. As rain does not penetrate a well-thatched house, so lust does not penetrate a well-cultivated mind.  (translated by Gil Fronsdal) In these verses, lust refers to wanting of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 11&12

Those who consider the inessential to be essential And see the essential as inessential Don’t reach the essential, Living in the field of wrong intention. Those who know the essential to be essential And the inessential as inessential Reach the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 9&10

Whoever is defiled And devoid of self-control and truth, Yet wears the saffron robe, Is unworthy of the saffron robe. Whoever has purged defilements, Is self-controlled, truthful, And well established in virtue, Is worthy of the saffron robe. (translated by … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 7&8

Whoever lives Focused on the pleasant, Senses unguarded, Immoderate with food, Lazy and sluggish, Will be overpowered by Māra, As a weak tree is bent in the wind. Whoever lives Focused on the unpleasant, Senses guarded, Moderate with food, Faithful … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 5&6

Hatred never ends through hatred. By non-hate alone does it end. This is an ancient truth. Many do not realize that We here must die. For those who realize this, Quarrels end.  (translated by Gil Fronsdal)  Verse 5 is a … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 3&4

“He abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those carrying on like this, Hatred does not end. “She abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those not carrying on like this, Hatred ends. —(translated by Gil … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 1&2

The Dhammapada is probably the most popular Buddhist literature in the world. It consists of 423 verses — sort of poetry, sort of philosophy, and a useful set of instructions to guide our deepening practice of the Dhamma. There are … Continue reading

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