Category Archives: Anger

Dhammapada verse 135

As, with a stick, a cowherd drivesCows to pasture,So aging and death driveThe lives of beings. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Just as a cow is reluctant to respond to the stick and will try to avoid it, we humans prefer … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 134

If, like a broken bell,You do not reverberate,Then you have attained NirvanaAnd no hostility is found in you. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This colorful simile represents a test for us. If we are attacked with words or actions, how do … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 133

Don’t speak harshly to anyone; What you say will be said back to you. Hostile speech is painful, And you will meet with retaliation. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Harsh speech is one of the forms of unskilful speech that the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 131 & 132

If, desiring happiness, You use violence To harm living beings who desire happiness, You won’t find happiness after death. If, desiring happiness, You do not use violence To harm living beings who desire happiness, You will find happiness after death. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 129 & 130

All tremble at violence;All fear death.Seeing others as being like yourself,Do not kill or cause others to kill. All tremble at violence;Life is dear for all.Seeing others as being like yourself,Do not kill or cause others to kill. (translated by … 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 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 verse 61

If, while on your way, You meet no one your equal or better, Steadily continue on your way alone. There is no fellowship with fools. This is not the only place in the Pali canon that the Buddha recommends being … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 50

Do not consider the faults of others Or what they have or haven’t done. Consider rather What you yourself have or haven’t done. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) It is worth considering how eager we are to criticize others, and contrast … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 39

For one who is awake, Whose mind isn’t overflowing [with greed], Whose heart isn’t afflicted [with hatred] And who has abandoned both merit and demerit, Fear does not exist. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We’re still in the section of the … Continue reading

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