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Dhammapada verse 162

They who cover themselves with their own corrupt conduct,Like a creeper covers a tree,Do to themselvesWhat an enemy wishes for them. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Even if we have real enemies, their power … 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 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 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 100 – 102

Better than a thousand meaningless statements Is one meaningful word, Which, having been heard, Brings peace. Better than a thousand meaningless verses Is one meaningful line of verse, Which, having been heard, Brings peace. Better than reciting a hundred meaningless … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 84

He is indeed virtuous, wise, and righteous who neither for his own sake nor for the sake of another (does any wrong), who does not crave for sons, wealth, or [power], and does not desire success by unjust means. (translated … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 81 & 82

As a solid mass of rock Is not moved by the wind, So a sage is unmoved By praise or blame. As a deep lake Is clear and undisturbed, So a sage becomes clear Upon hearing the Dharma. (Translated by … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 78

Do not associate with evil friends; Do not associate with the lowest of people. Associate with virtuous friends; Associate with the best of people. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This is quite a direct instruction. Remember that when the Buddha refers … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 76 & 77

Like someone pointing to treasure Is the wise person Who sees your faults and points them out. Associate with such a sage. Good will come of it, not bad, If you associate with one such as this. Let one such … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 64 & 65

A fool associating with a sage, Even if for a lifetime, Will no more perceive the Dharma Than a spoon will perceive the taste of soup. A discerning person who associates with a sage, Even if for a brief moment, … Continue reading

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