Category Archives: Wisdom

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 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 152

The person of little learningGrows old like an ox;The flesh increases, But insight does not. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse does not refer to book-learning but to acquired wisdom. During youth and middle age we may feel that we are … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 146 & 151

Why the laughter, why the joy, When flames are ever burning? Surrounded by darkness, Shouldn’t you search for light? (verse 146) Even the splendid chariots of the royalty wear out. So too does the body decay. But the Dharma of … 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 124

A hand that has no wounds Can carry poison; Poison does not enter without a wound. There are no evil consequences For one who does no evil. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Each person’s karma is her own; we are responsible … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 119 & 120

Even an evildoer may see benefitAs long as the evilHas yet to mature.But when the evil has matured,The evildoerWill meet with misfortune. A doer of good may meet evil fortuneAs long as the goodHas yet to mature.But when the good … Continue reading

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Dhammapada 114 & 115

Better than one hundred years lived Without seeing the Deathless Is one day lived Seeing the Deathless. Better than one hundred years lived Without seeing the Deathless Is one day lived Seeing the ultimate Dharma. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) These … 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 110 & 111

Better than one hundred years lived With an unsettled [mind], Devoid of virtue, Is one day lived Virtuous and absorbed in meditation. Better than one hundred years lived With an unsettled [mind], Devoid of virtue, Is one day lived With … Continue reading

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