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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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Dhammapada verse 162

They who cover themselves with their own corrupt conduct,Like a creeper covers a tree,Do to themselvesWhat an enemy wishes for them. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Even if we have real enemies, their power … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 161

By oneself is evil done. Born of oneself, produced by oneself, It grinds down those devoid of wisdom, As a diamond grinds down a gem. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The past is gone and the future is unreachable. The only … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 160

Oneself, indeed, is one’s own protector.What other protector could there be?With self-controlOne gains a protector hard to obtain. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This simple verse can lead to a useful inquiry. What do we feel we need to be protected … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 158 & 159

In first establishing himself In what is proper And only then teaching others, The sage will not be stained. [i.e. one’s reputation will not be stained] As one instructs others, So should one do oneself: Only the self-controlled should restrain … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 157

If one knew oneself to be precious, One would guard oneself with care. The sage will watch over herself In any part of the night. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) In the Pali, “In any part of the night” refers to … Continue reading

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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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