Category Archives: The 8-fold path

Dhammapada verses 167-169

Do not follow an inferior way; Don’t live with negligence. Do not follow a wrong view; Don’t be engrossed in the world. Rouse yourself! Don’t be negligent! Live the Dharma, a life of good conduct. One who lives the Dharma … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 153 & 154

The second of these two verses is a stock construction that appears many times throughout the Pali canon. The words apply to anyone who achieves full awakening, or Nibbana, and may be spoken by the Buddha or by the newly … 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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Dhammapda verses 137-140

Whoever uses violence to harm The nonviolent and innocent Quickly goes to one of ten conditions: Intense pain or great loss, Bodily injury or insanity, Serious illness or vicious slander, Oppression from rulers or the loss of relatives, Houses consumed … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 112 & 113

Better than one hundred years livedLazily and lacking in effortIs one day livedWith vigor and exertion. Better than one hundred years livedWithout seeing the arising and passing of thingsIs one day livedSeeing their arising and passing. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 104-105

Certainly it is better to conquer Oneself than others. For someone who is self-restrained And always lives with mastery, Neither a god, a gandhabba, Nor Marā and Brahmā together Could turn conquest into defeat. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The gandhabbas … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 94

Even the gods cherish Those who are without toxins, Who have abandoned conceit, And whose senses are calm, Like horses well tamed by a charioteer. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Without toxins = without greed, hatred, and delusion in all their … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 87 – 89

Giving up dark ways, Sages cultivate the bright. They go from home to homelessness, To the solitude so hard to enjoy. There they should seek delight, Abandoning sensual desires, Having nothing. Sages should cleanse themselves Of what defiles the mind. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 79

One who drinks in the Dharma Sleeps happily with a clear mind. The sage always delights in the Dharma Taught by the noble ones. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Some of us, when we first encounter the Dharma, experience an instant … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 70 & 72-75

The foolish ascetic who month after month Eats food with the tip of a blade of grass Is not worth a fraction Of a person who has fathomed the Dharma. (verse 70) And if ever to his own harm the … Continue reading

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