Category Archives: Karma

Dhammapada verses 167-169

Do not follow an inferior way; Don’t live with negligence. Do not follow a wrong view; Don’t be engrossed in the world. Rouse yourself! Don’t be negligent! Live the Dharma, a life of good conduct. One who lives the Dharma … 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 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 161

By oneself is evil done. Born of oneself, produced by oneself, It grinds down those devoid of wisdom, As a diamond grinds down a gem. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The past is gone and the future is unreachable. The only … 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 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 136

Even while doing evil,Fools are ignorant of it.Like someone burned by fire,Those lacking wisdom are scorched by their own deeds.(translated by Gil Fronsdal) Here is a second translation of this verse for comparison: When a person ignorant (of the Dhamma)commits … 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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