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Dhammapada verse 177

Fools don’t praise generosity; Misers don’t go to the world of gods. The wise rejoice in generosity And so find happiness in the hereafter. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Generosity is a broad category of intention and behavior, and is the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 166

Don’t give up your own welfare For the sake of others’ welfare, however great. Clearly know your own welfare And be intent on the highest good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse has an obvious meaning and also includes a … 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 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 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 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 verses 121 & 122: Little by Little

Don’t disregard evil, thinking, “It won’t come back to me!” With dripping drops of water Even a water jug is filled. Little by little, A fool is filled with evil. Don’t disregard merit, thinking, “It won’t come back to me!” … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 117 & 118

Having done something evil,Don’t repeat it,Don’t wish for it:Evil piled up brings suffering. Having done something meritorious,Repeat it,Wish for it:Merit piled up brings happiness. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We are creatures of habit; sometimes we keep doing something, without reflection, … 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 108-109

Whatever sacrifice or offering a merit seeker Might perform in an entire year Is not worth one-fourth as much as Expressing respect to those who are upright. For the person who shows respect And always reveres worthy people, Four things … Continue reading

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