Category Archives: Death and dying

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 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 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 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 verse 127 & 128

You will not find a spot in the world –Not in the sky, not in the oceans,Not inside a mountain cave –Where you will be free from your evil karma. You will not find a spot in the world –Not … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 114 & 115

Better than one hundred years lived Without seeing the Deathless Is one day lived Seeing the Deathless. Better than one hundred years lived Without seeing the Deathless Is one day lived Seeing the ultimate Dharma. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) These … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 85 & 86

Few are the people who reach the other shore. Many are the people who run about on this shore. But those who are in accord with the Dharma — with the well-taught Dharma — will go beyond the realm of … 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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Dhammapada verses 40 & 41

Knowing this body to be like a clay pot, Establishing this mind like a fortress, One should battle Māra with the sword of insight, Protecting what has been won, Clinging to nothing. All too soon this body Will lie on … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 34

Like a fish out of water, Thrown on dry ground, This mind thrashes about, Trying to escape Māra’s command. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) “Māra’s command” represents a desire that we know is unwholesome, so the struggle represented in this verse … Continue reading

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