Category Archives: Karma

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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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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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 verse 125

Like fine dust thrown against the wind, Evil comes back to the fool Who harms a person who is Innocent, pure, and unblemished. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The Dhammapada restates some of the same messages again and again, attaching different … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 123

As a merchantCarrying great wealth in a small caravanAvoids a dangerous road;As someone who loves lifeAvoids poison;So should you avoid evil deeds. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) What’s most precious to us? What would we protect before anything else? One answer … Continue reading

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