Category Archives: Patience

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 134

If, like a broken bell,You do not reverberate,Then you have attained NirvanaAnd no hostility is found in you. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This colorful simile represents a test for us. If we are attacked with words or actions, how do … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 116

Be quick to do good, Restrain your mind from evil. When one is slow to make merit, One’s mind delights in evil. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We now come to a chapter called “Evil”, so it’s worth considering what that … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 85 & 86

Few are the people who reach the other shore. Many are the people who run about on this shore. But those who are in accord with the Dharma — with the well-taught Dharma — will go beyond the realm of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 50

Do not consider the faults of others Or what they have or haven’t done. Consider rather What you yourself have or haven’t done. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) It is worth considering how eager we are to criticize others, and contrast … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 35 & 36

The mind, hard to control, Flighty — alighting where it wishes — One does well to tame. The disciplined mind brings happiness. The mind, hard to see, Subtle — alighting where it wishes — The sage protects. The watched mind … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 33

The restless, agitated mind, Hard to protect, hard to control, The sage makes straight, As a fletcher the shaft of an arrow. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Most of us recognize that our minds tend to be restless and agitated, at … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 7&8

Whoever lives Focused on the pleasant, Senses unguarded, Immoderate with food, Lazy and sluggish, Will be overpowered by Māra, As a weak tree is bent in the wind. Whoever lives Focused on the unpleasant, Senses guarded, Moderate with food, Faithful … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 5&6

Hatred never ends through hatred. By non-hate alone does it end. This is an ancient truth. Many do not realize that We here must die. For those who realize this, Quarrels end.  (translated by Gil Fronsdal)  Verse 5 is a … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 3&4

“He abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those carrying on like this, Hatred does not end. “She abused me, attacked me, Defeated me, robbed me!” For those not carrying on like this, Hatred ends. —(translated by Gil … Continue reading

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