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Dhammapada verse 160

Oneself, indeed, is one’s own protector.What other protector could there be?With self-controlOne gains a protector hard to obtain. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This simple verse can lead to a useful inquiry. What do we feel we need to be protected … 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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Dhammapada verses 106-107

Better than a thousand ritual sacrificesOffered every month for a hundred yearsIs one moment’s homage offeredTo one who has cultivated herself. Better than a hundred yearsIn the forest tending a ritual fireIs one moment’s homage offeredTo one who has cultivated … 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 103

Greater in combat Than a person who conquers A thousand times a thousand people is the person who conquers herself. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) (Much appreciation to Gil Fronsdal for the gender inclusivity he brings to his translation of the … 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 91

The mindful apply themselves; They don’t amuse themselves in any abode. Like swans flying from a lake, They abandon home after home. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) When we are embedded in a comfortable place, our mindfulness can become dulled. We … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 85 & 86

Few are the people who reach the other shore. Many are the people who run about on this shore. But those who are in accord with the Dharma — with the well-taught Dharma — will go beyond the realm of … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 83

Virtuous people always let go. They don’t prattle about pleasures and desires. Touched by happiness and then by suffering, The sage shows no sign of being elated or depressed. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) One interesting facet of this verse is … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 80

Irrigators guide water; Fletchers shape arrows Carpenters fashion wood; Sages tame themselves. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This famous verse raises the question for each of us: what are we doing? What is our main vocation? We might be a lawyer … Continue reading

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