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Petals of Wisdom: Thoughts for Feb 2001

Collected by Ti.nh Tue^.



Better than a hundred years in the life of an immoral person who has no control over his senses, is a day in the life of a virtuous person who cultivates Tranquillity and Insight Development Practice. (Dhammapada, v 110)



The idea of impermanence, the idea of the ill I impermanence, the idea of not-self in ill, the idea of renunciation, of dispassion, of ending. Thesse six things are parts of wisdom. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 235)



Gladsome before the gift, giving satisfied,
Uplifted having given that’s bounty’s fulness.
(The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 237)



The alms-giver, as man, surpasses the non-giver in five ways: in human life-span, beauty, happiness, honour and power. (The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 24)



In passionate purpose lies man’s sense-desire*
The world’s gay glitters are not sense-desires,
In passionate purpose lies man’s sense-desire.
The world’s gay glitters as they are abide,
But wise men hold desire therefor in check.
(The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 291)



A monk goes out mindful, comes in mindful, stand mindful, sits mindful, lies down mindful and is mindful in performing action. This state of ever minding, thus made become, thus made to increase, leads to mindfulness and self-possession.(The Book of the Gradual Saying III, 229)



It is not new, O Atula! It has always been done from ancient times. They blame one who is silent, they blame one who speaks much, and they blame one who speaks little. There is no one in this world who is not blamed. (Dhammapada, v. 227)



If anyone, (although) being able, does not support his mother or father when they are old and past their youth, that is the cause of the unsuccessful (man). (Suttanipata, v. 98).



One should not think lightly of doing good, imaging "A little will not affect me"; just as a water-jar is filled up by falling drops of rain, so also, the wise one is filled up with merit, by accumulating is little by little. (Dhammapada, v 122)



If a brother because of revulsion from decay-and-death, because of its fading away and ceasing be freed from grasping, this is enough for him to be called Brother who has won Nibba na in this life. (The Book of the Kindred Saying II, p. 81)



Reverence, and humility, and contentment, (and) gratefulness, (and) hearing the doctrine at the right time this is supreme good fortune. (Suttanipata, 265)



Some are reborn as human beings, the wicked are reborn in a place of continuous torment (niraya), the righteous go to the deva world, and those who are free from moral intoxicants (viz., the arahats) realize Nibbaana. (Dhammapada, v 126)



If ye are afraid of pain, if pain is hateful to you,
Do not an evil deed openly or in secret.
If ye shall do an evil deed or do one now,
There’s no escape from pain, tho’ ye spring up and flee.
(Udana, 51)



Easy to do for the seemly are seemly things,
But hard to do are seemly things for the wicked;
Easy to do for the wicked are wicked things,
But hard to do is wickedness for Ariyans.
(Udana, 61).



The Buddha taught: "How is it possible, I say, in the case if what is born, what is become, what is compounded, what is transitory, how is it possible to have one’s wish fulfilled: Oh! may it not perish? Nay, such a thing cannot be. Wherefore, monks, do ye abide grounded in self, self-refuged, taking refuge in none other; grounded on the Norm, with the Norm for refuge, taking refuge in none other, they shall be my monks, they shall be atop of the gloom: that is, they who are anxious to learn. (S. V, 164; KS. V, 144f).


Updated: 1-2-2001

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