Category Archives: Dukkha

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 153 & 154

The second of these two verses is a stock construction that appears many times throughout the Pali canon. The words apply to anyone who achieves full awakening, or Nibbana, and may be spoken by the Buddha or by the newly … 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 145

Irrigators guide water;Fletchers shape arrows;Carpenters fashion wood;The well-practiced tame themselves. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Once in the past, most people had one occupation, one profession, one trade or craft (butcher, baker, candlestick maker), often inherited from his/her parents. There was … Continue reading

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Dhammapda verses 137-140

Whoever uses violence to harm The nonviolent and innocent Quickly goes to one of ten conditions: Intense pain or great loss, Bodily injury or insanity, Serious illness or vicious slander, Oppression from rulers or the loss of relatives, Houses consumed … 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 124

A hand that has no wounds Can carry poison; Poison does not enter without a wound. There are no evil consequences For one who does no evil. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Each person’s karma is her own; we are responsible … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 104-105

Certainly it is better to conquer Oneself than others. For someone who is self-restrained And always lives with mastery, Neither a god, a gandhabba, Nor Marā and Brahmā together Could turn conquest into defeat. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The gandhabbas … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 90

For someone At the journey’s end, Freed of sorrow, Liberated in all ways, Released from all bonds, No fever exists. This verse describes in stark terms the end of suffering as a person might experience it. For most of us … 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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