Category Archives: Compassion

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 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 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 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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Gifts

The message below was posted on a Sutta Central discussion list last month, and it seems appropriate to share it in this season when gift-giving is part of so many peoples’ lives.  The occasion was Bhante Sujato’s birthday, but it … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 119 & 120

Even an evildoer may see benefitAs long as the evilHas yet to mature.But when the evil has matured,The evildoerWill meet with misfortune. A doer of good may meet evil fortuneAs long as the goodHas yet to mature.But when the good … 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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