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Dhammapada verse 376

Mix with spiritual friends, who are tireless and pure of livelihood. Share what you have with others, being skillful in your conduct. And when you’re full of joy, you’ll make an end to suffering. (translated by Sujato Bhikkhu) This verse … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 316-319

Ashamed of what’s not shamefulAnd not ashamed of what is,Those who take up wrong viewsGo to a bad rebirth. Seeing danger in what’s not dangerousAnd not seeing danger in what is,Those who take up wrong viewsGo to a bad rebirth. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 304-305

From afar, good people shineLike the Himalaya mountains.Close up, bad people disappearLike arrows shot into the night. Sitting alone, resting alone, walking alone,Untiring and alone,Whoever has tamed oneselfWill find delight in the forest. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) These verses close … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 296-301

Always wide awakeare the disciples of Gotama*who constantly, day and night,[are mindful of the Buddha]. *Gotama is the historical Buddha, or awakened one, who lived in what is now India around 2500 BCE. This verse is repeated five times with … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 292-293

Toxins multiply For the insolent and negligent Who reject what they should do And do instead what they should not. But the toxins come to an end For those who are mindful and alert, Who are constantly well-engaged With mindfulness … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 291

Those who seek their own happinessBy causing suffering for othersAre entangled with hostility.From hostility they are not set free. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse is suggestive without getting into specifics. How do we seek our own happiness? At some … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 282

Wisdom arises from [spiritual] practice;Without practice it decays.Knowing this two-way path for gain and loss,Conduct yourself so that wisdom grows. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We are always in motion. Perhaps for moments of deep concentration we are quite still and … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 268-269

Not by silence Does an ignorant fool become a sage. The wise person, who, As if holding a set of scales, Selects what’s good and avoids what’s evil Is, for that reason, a sage. Whoever can weigh these two sides … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 262-263 (inner beauty)

Not through talk alone or by good looks Does someone envious, stingy, and treacherous Become a person of good character. But with these cut off, uprooted, and destroyed, A person wise and purged of faults Is called “of good character”. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 223 & 224

Conquer anger with non-anger; Conquer wickedness with goodness; Conquer stinginess with giving, And a liar with the truth. If one speaks the truth, Is not angry, And gives when asked, even when one has little, Then one comes into the … Continue reading

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