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Dhammapada verse 90

For someone At the journey’s end, Freed of sorrow, Liberated in all ways, Released from all bonds, No fever exists. This verse describes in stark terms the end of suffering as a person might experience it. For most of us … 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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Dhammapada verses 62 & 63

A fool suffers, thinking, “I have children! I have wealth!” One’s self is not even one’s own. How then are children? How then is wealth? A fool conscious of her foolishness Is to that extent wise. But a fool who … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 51 & 52

Like a beautiful flower, Brightly colored but lacking scent, So are well-spoken words Fruitless when not carried out. Like a beautiful flower Brightly colored and with scent, So are well-spoken words Fruitful when carried out. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) These … Continue reading

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Interesting (pandemic) times

We interrupt our previously scheduled posts to check in on how we are doing in the extraordinary conditions we are all living through right now. In our different situations, we are facing challenges we could not have foreseen a few … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 30, 31 & 32

With vigilance, Indra became the greatest of the gods. The gods praise vigilance, Forever rejecting negligence. The monastic who delights in vigilance And fears negligence Advances like a fire, Burning fetters subtle and gross. The monastic who delights in vigilance … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 28 & 29

Driving away negligence with vigilance, Ascending the tower of insight and free of sorrow, A sage observes the sorrowing masses As someone standing on a mountain observes fools on the ground below. Vigilant among the negligent, Wide awake among the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 26 & 27

Unwise, foolish people Give themselves over to negligence. The wise Protect vigilance as the greatest treasure. Don’t give yourself to negligence, Don’t devote yourself to sensual pleasure. Vigilant and absorbed in meditation One attains abundant happiness. This pair of verses … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 24

Glory grows for a person who is Energetic and mindful, Pure and considerate in action, Restrained and vigilant, And who lives the Dharma. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Packed into this one verse is most of the Buddha’s eight-fold path: right … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 23

Absorbed in meditation, persevering, Always steadfast, The wise touch Nirvana, The ultimate rest from toil. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Verse 23 acknowledges that meditation practice requires perseverance. This may seem obvious, but many (if not most) people who attempt a … Continue reading

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