Category Archives: Precepts

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 163

It’s easy to do what is not goodAnd things that harm oneself.It’s very difficult to doThings beneficial and good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Fact: Addictive behaviors are easy to surrender to – social media, food, drugs, alcohol, television, pornography. Not … 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 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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Dhammapada verses 143-144

Where in this world does one find Someone restrained by conscience, Who knows little of blame, As a good horse knows little of the whip? Like a good horse alert to the whip, Be ardent and alarmed*. With faith, virtue, … 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 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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