Category Archives: Ageing

Dhammapada verses 155 & 156

Those who have neither lived the chaste life Nor gained wealth in their youth* Waste away like frail herons In a lake devoid of fish. Those who have neither lived the chaste life Nor gained wealth in their youth Lie … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 152

The person of little learningGrows old like an ox;The flesh increases, But insight does not. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse does not refer to book-learning but to acquired wisdom. During youth and middle age we may feel that we are … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 146 & 151

Why the laughter, why the joy, When flames are ever burning? Surrounded by darkness, Shouldn’t you search for light? (verse 146) Even the splendid chariots of the royalty wear out. So too does the body decay. But the Dharma of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 121 & 122: Little by Little

Don’t disregard evil, thinking, “It won’t come back to me!” With dripping drops of water Even a water jug is filled. Little by little, A fool is filled with evil. Don’t disregard merit, thinking, “It won’t come back to me!” … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 79

One who drinks in the Dharma Sleeps happily with a clear mind. The sage always delights in the Dharma Taught by the noble ones. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Some of us, when we first encounter the Dharma, experience an instant … 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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Dhammapada verses 46 & 47

Knowing this body is like foam, Fully awake to its mirage-like nature, Cutting off Māra’s flowers, One goes unseen by the King of Death. Death sweeps away The person obsessed With gathering flowers As a great flood sweeps away a … Continue reading

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Desire – sensual or the other kind?

In the Satipaṭṭhāna sutta there are a few “mindfulness of the body” exercises that are recommended specifically to help us address our sexual/sensual compulsion. The first of these is contemplation of our body parts; we imagine dividing ourselves into our component … Continue reading

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Acceptance as equanimity

Anguttara Nikaya 5.57 (a sutta from the Pali canon) is a regular theme in these pages. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of the complete sutta can be found on the main site (AN 5.57). We’ve been thinking about equanimity, so I re-visit … Continue reading

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The karma of biology

The second of the five “Laws of Nature” that make up the framework of karma is the law of “seed” or biology. The effects of this law are generally visible to us because we inhabit our bodies and if we … Continue reading

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