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Petals of Wisdom: Thoughts for Jan 2001

Collected by Ti.nh Tue^.



Not to do evil, to cultivate merit, topurify one’s mind _ this is the Teaching of the Buddhas. (Dhammapada, v. 183)



A certain person not only himself abstains from taking life, from stealing, from doing wrong in sense-desires, from telling a lie, from using liquor fermented and distilled, causing negligence, but also encourages another to abstain from so doing. This one is called "the still more worthy man." (The Book of the Gradual Saying II, 231)



One should not think lightly of doing evil, imagining "A little will not affect me"; just as a water-jar is filled up by falling drops of rain, so also, the fool is filled up with evil, by accumulating it little by little. (Dhammapada, v 121)



Monks, there are these five advantages from gifts. What five? He is good and dear to many folk; good and wise men love him; a good report is spread abroad about him; he strays not from the householder’s Dhamma; and, on the breaking up of the body after death, he is reborn in the happy heaven-world. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 32-33)



Happy is the arising of a Buddha; happy is the exposition of the Ariya Dhamma; happy is the harmony amongst the Samgha; happy is the practice of those in harmony. (Dhammapada, v. 194)



(By him) has his mother been deprived of life; his father; an arahant; (by him), with evil thought, has the Tathagata’s blood been drawn; (by him) has the Order been embroiled. Verily, monks, these are the five lost in hell who lie festering, incurable. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 112)



Indeed we live very happily, not striving (for sensual pleasures) among those who strive (for them); among those who strive (for them) we live without striving. (Dhammapada, v. 199)



Monks, these five are a good man’s gifts. What five? He gives a gift in faith, with deference, in time, with unconstrained heart, he gives a gift without hurt to self or others. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 129)



There is no fire like passion; there is no evil like hatred;; there is no ill like (the burden of) khandhas; there is no bliss that surpasses the Perfect Peace (i.e., Nibbana). (Dhammapada, v. 202)



The passion-surge is hard to make a push against; so too is the ill-will-surge, the infatuation-surge, the ostentation-surge, the surge of vagrant thoughts is hard to make a push against. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 136)



Attachment (to sensual pleasures) begets sorrow, attachment begets fear. For him who is free from atachment there is no sorrow; how can there be fear for him? (Dhammapada, v. 214)



Trade in weapons, trade in human beings, trade in flesh, trade in spirits and trade in poison. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 153)



Conquer the angry one by not getting angry (i.e., by loving-kindness); conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. (Dhammapada, v. 223)



It is spoken in season, it is spoken in truth, it is spoken softly, it is spoken about the goal, it is spoken in amity. Verily, monks, if a word have these five marks, it is well spoken, not ill spoken, nor is it blameworthy nor blameable by the wise. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 178)



It is easy for one to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own. That man broadcasts the faults of others like winnowing chaff in the wind, but hides his own faults as a crafty fowler covers himself. (Dhammapada, v. 252)


Updated: 1-12-2000

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