Category Archives: Mangala Sutta

Dhammapada verses 54 & 55

The scent of flowers — sandalwood, jasmine, and rosebay — Doesn’t go against the wind. But the scent of a virtuous person Does travel against the wind: It spreads in all directions. The scent of virtue Is unsurpassed Even by … Continue reading

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Mangala Sutta 22

Austerity and celibacy, Insight into the Noble Truths, The realization of Nibbana; This is the greatest blessing. With a mind unshaken, When touched by worldly conditions, Sorrowless, stainless, and secure; This is the greatest blessing. Those who have fulfilled all … Continue reading

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Mangala Sutta 21

Reverence and humility, Contentment and gratitude, Timely hearing of the Dhamma; This is the greatest blessing. Patience and obedience, The seeing of recluses, Timely discussion of the Dhamma; This is the greatest blessing. We continue with this verse on the … Continue reading

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Mangala Sutta 20

Reverence and humility, Contentment and gratitude, Timely hearing of the Dhamma; This is the greatest blessing. Patience and obedience, The seeing of recluses, Timely discussion of the Dhamma; This is the greatest blessing. Bhikkhu Bodhi calls these two verses “Developing … Continue reading

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Mangala Sutta 19

Ceasing and restraining from evil, Abstinence from intoxicants, Diligence concerning all phenomena; This is the greatest blessing. We are accelerating toward the end of this sutta. Having started with the most basic wholesome actions that lay the foundation for a … Continue reading

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Mangala Sutta 10

With apologies to subscribers to this blog – this post is out of order, accidentally not published when I thought it was, but I thought I’d go back to it anyway. It’s from the third verse: Great learning and craft, … Continue reading

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Blameless actions (Mangala Sutta 18)

The support of mother and father, The welfare of spouse and children, Engaging in unconflicting livelihood; This is the greatest blessing. Selfless giving, and living by the Dhamma, Looking after relatives and friends, And blameless actions; This is the greatest … Continue reading

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Friends and relatives (Mangala Sutta 17)

The support of mother and father, The welfare of spouse and children, Engaging in unconflicting livelihood; This is the greatest blessing. Selfless giving, and living by the Dhamma, Looking after relatives and friends, And blameless actions; This is the greatest … Continue reading

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Skillful speech re-visited

If you want to see the Mangala Sutta in full, it is posted above. Look at the topics listed at the top of this page and you’ll see it (click on it). In the early parts of the Mangala Sutta, … Continue reading

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Upright conduct (Mangala Sutta 16)

The support of mother and father, The welfare of spouse and children, Engaging in unconflicting livelihood; This is the greatest blessing. Selfless giving, and living by the Dhamma, Looking after relatives and friends, And blameless actions; This is the greatest … Continue reading

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