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Petals of Wisdom: Thoughts for July 2000

Collected by Ti.nh Tue^.


Such and such is upright conduct; such and such is earnest contemplation; such and such is intelligence. Great becomes the fruit, great the advantage of earnest contemplation, when it is set round with upright conduct. Great becomes the fruit, great the advantage of intellect when it is set round with earnest contemplation. The mind set round with intelligence is set quite free from the Intoxications, that is to say, from the Intoxication of Sensuality, from the Intoxication of Becoming, from the intoxication of Delusion, from the Intoxication of Ignorance. (Diigha-Nikaaya II. 81; Dialogues of the Buddha II. 85).



An evil deed does not immediately bear fruit, just as the newly-drawn milk does not curdle at once; but it follows the fool, burning him like live coal covered with ashes. (Dhammapada, v 71)



When noble conduct is realized and known, when noble meditation is ralixed and known, when noble wisdom is realized and known--then is the craving for future life rooted out, that which leads to renewed existence is destroyed, and there is no more birth. (Diigha-Nikaaya II. 123; Dialogues of the Buddha II. 131).



One should follow a man of wisdom who rebukes one for one’s faults, as one would follow a guide to some buried treasure. To one who follows such a wise man, it will be an advantage and not a disadvantage. (Dhammapada, v 76)



The bhikkhu or the bhikkhuni, the devout man or the devout woman, who continually fulfils all the greater and the lesser duties, who is correct in life, walking according to the precepts--it is he who fightly honours, reverencesk venerates, holds sacred, and reveres the Tathaagata with the worthiest homage. (Diigha-Nikaaya II. 138; Dialogues of the Buddha II. 150).



The man of wisdom should admonish others; he should give advice and should prevent others from doing wrong; such a man is held dear by the good; he is disliked only by the bad. (Dhammapada, v 77)



"As the enlightening beings constantly preserve these ten virtuous ways, they evoke this intent: ‘Whatever ills, states of woe, and pitfalls beset sentient beings, all are caused by practicing nonvirtuous action, so I myself will abide in right action and also lead others to right action. Why? It is impossible to get others to abide in right action as long as one does not abide in right action oneself.’" (The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Tr. by Thomas Cleary (1993), Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, p. 715)



As a mountain of rock is unshaken by wind, so also, the wise are unperturbed by blame or by praise. (Dhammapada, v 81)



The Exalted One addressed the brethren, and said:  ‘Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying:   "Decay is inherent in all component things! Work out your salvation with diligence!"’ This was the last word of the Tathagata. (Dialogues of the Buddha II, p. 173).



But those who practise according to the well-expounded Dhamma will reach the other shore (Nibbaana, having passed the realm of Death (i.e., samsaara), very difficult as it is to cross. (Dhammapada, v 86)



Then the Exalted One said to the venerable  Ananda, as he sat there by his side: O, Enough, Ananda! Do not let yourself be troubled: do not weep! Have I not already, on former occasions, told you that it is in the very nature of all things most near and dear unto us that we must divide ourselves from them, leave them, sever ourselves from them? How, then, Ananda, can this be possible -- whereas anything whatever born, brought into being, and organized, contains within itself the inherent necessity of dissolution -- how, then, can this be possible, that such a being should not be dissolved? No such condition can exist! (Dialogues of the Buddha II. p. 158f)



A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors. (Dhammapada, v 103)



Whosoever, Ananda, either now or after I am dead, shall be a lamp unto themselves, and a refuge unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast as their refuge to the Truth, shall look not for refuge to any one besides themselves -- it is they, Ananda, among my bhikkhus, who shall reach the very topmost Height! -- but they must be anxious to learn. (Dialogues of the Buddha II, p. 108f)



Month after month for a hundred years, one may make offerings (to ordinary people) to the value of a thousand kahaapa as; het if, only for a moment, one pays homage to a bhikkhu who has practised Insight Developoment, this homage is, indeed, better than a hundred years of making offerings (to ordinary people). (Dhammapada, v 106)



Not in the sky, nor in the middle of the ocean, nor in the cave of a mountain, nor anywhere else, is there a place, where one may escape from the consequences of an evil deed. (Dhammapada, v 127)


Updated: 1-7-2000

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