Category Archives: Harmlessness

Dhammapada 176

For people who speak falsely,Who transgress in this one way,And who reject the world beyond,There is no evil they won’t do. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This is a verse about the importance of being scrupulously truthful. It refers to a … 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 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 verse 133

Don’t speak harshly to anyone; What you say will be said back to you. Hostile speech is painful, And you will meet with retaliation. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Harsh speech is one of the forms of unskilful speech that the … 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 verses 129 & 130

All tremble at violence;All fear death.Seeing others as being like yourself,Do not kill or cause others to kill. All tremble at violence;Life is dear for all.Seeing others as being like yourself,Do not kill or cause others to kill. (translated by … 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 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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