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Fifteenth Chapter:Dhammapada

Chapter Fifteenth: Dhammapada Happiness and Absolute Joy 197. Let us live in joy, never hating those who hate us. Let us live in freedom, without hatred even among those who hate. 198. Let us live in joy, never falling ill like those who are ill. Let us live in freedom, without disease even among those who are ill. 199. Let us live in joy, never attached among those who are selflessly attached. Let us live in freedom even among those who are bound by selfish attachments. 200. Let us live in joy, never hording things among those who hoard. Let us live in growing joy like the spirits of light. 201. Victory brings hatred for the defeated live in sorrow. Let us be neither conqueror nor defeated, and live in peace and joy. 202-03. There...

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Fourteenth Chapter: Dhammapada

Chapter Fourteenth: Dhammapada The Awakened One 179-180. By what path can you reach him, the Buddha, the awakened one, whom no one can conquer? How can you describe him, the Buddha, the awakened one, free from desires and passions, free from all conditioning? 181. Even the gods emulate the awakened ones, the Buddhas. In the peace of contemplation they live in freedom. 182. It is hard to be born as a human, harder to live like a human being, harder still to understand the Truth, but hardest of all is to awaken and attain enlightenment. 183. Do no evil. Do good. Purify your mind. This is the teaching of the Buddhas. 184-185. Cultivate enduring patience and attain the highest goal in life, Nirvana. Do not hurt others or cause pain; that is not the...

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Thirteenth Chapter: Dhammapada

Chapter Thirteenth: Dhammapada The World 167. Don't follow wrong path nor believe false doctrines or follow the way of the world. Most importantly don't be heedless. 168-169. Pay attention! Don't be lazy! Be meticulous. People who are heedful are happy in this lifetime and in the world beyond. 170-171. Follow the path of wisdom. Look! This world seems pleasurable, even heavenly but it is only a bubble of froth, a mirage. The wise see through it, but not the foolish. Death has no power over the wise. 172-173. When a foolish man stops being lazy and ignorant he lights up the world just like the moon breaking free from the clouds. When his bad deeds are replaced by good deeds and spiritual efforts, he gives light to the whole world like the moon coming...

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Chapter Twelve: Dhammapada

Chapter Twelve: Dhammapada Self 157. If you hold yourself dear, guard yourself well. Of the three watches of the night, keep vigil during one. 158. Learn what is right, then teach others, as the wise do. 159. Before trying to guide others, be your own guide. It is hard to learn to guide yourself. 160. Your own self is your master, who else could be? With yourself well controlled, you gain a master very hard to find. 161-162. The evil done by the selfish people crushes them as a diamond breaks a hard gem. As a vine overpowers a tree, evil overpowers the evildoer, trapping him in a situation only his enemies would wish him to be in. 163. Evil deeds that harm one self are easy to do; good deeds...

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Chapter Eleven: Dhammapada

Chapter Eleven: Dhammapada Old Age 146. How can there be laughter, how can there be pleasure, when the world is burning? When you are living in darkness, why don't you ask for a lamp? 147-149. This body is a painted image, subject to disease, decay and death, full of imaginings. What joy can there be for the one who sees that his white bones will be thrown away like dried gourds at the end of the summer? 150-151. A house of bones is this body, plastered with flesh and with blood. In it dwell pride and pretence, old age and death. In the course of time even the glitter of a king's chariot wears out, same way the body loses its strength and vigor. But the goodness and virtue never grow old. 152. A...

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Chapter Ten: Dhammapada

Chapter Ten: Dhammapada "Punishment" 129. All fear punishment; all fear death, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. 130. All fear punishment; all love life, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. 131. For the sake of happiness if you hurt others who also want happiness, you will never find happiness here and hereafter. 132. For the sake of happiness if you do not hurt others who also want happiness, you will find happiness here and hereafter. 133 Speak quietly to others and they too will be gentle in their speech. Harsh words are painful and come back to the speaker. 134 If your mind is silent like a broken gong, you have entered Nirvana, leaving all quarrels behind. 135. As a cowherd drives his cows to...

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Chapter Nine: Dhammapada

Chapter Nine: Dhammapada "Evil and Good" 116. Hasten to do good; stay away from evil. If you neglect the good, evil will enter your mind. 117. If you do wrong, do not repeat it, or take pleasure in it as a habit. An evil habit results in suffering. 118. If you do something good, keep repeating it and make it a habit. A good habit causes nothing but joy. 119. An evil-doer may find pleasure in his habits as long as he has not reaped what he has sown, but when he does he suffers. 120. A good man may suffer as long as he has not reaped what he has sown, but when he does, pleasure prevails over him. 121. Let no one who has done wrong say to himself, "Sorrow will...

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Chapter Eight: Dhammapada

Chapter Eight: Dhammapada "One Against Thousands" 100-103. Better than a speech of thousand useless words is one thoughtful word, which brings peace to the mind. Better than a poem of thousand vain verses is single thoughtful verse, which brings peace to the mind. Better than a hundred useless poems is one single verse, which brings peace to the mind. 103-105 A man who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on battlefields. Be victorious over yourself and not over others. When you attain victory over yourself, not even gods can turn it into defeat. 106. Better than performing a thousand rituals month by month for a thousand years is reverence for a man who has conquered the self. 107. Better than worshiping or tending sacrificial...

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Chapter Six: Dhammapada

Chapter Six: Dhammapada "The Wise" 76. If you meet a wise man who steers you away from the wrong path, follow him as you would one who can reveal hidden treasures. Only good can come out of it. 77. Let him admonish or instruct or restrain you from what is wrong. Such a man is loved by the good and hated by the bad. 78. Make friends with people who are good and true but not with those who are bad and false. 79. Those who follow Dharma, the truth revealed by the noble ones, live in joy with a serene mind. 80. Those who make waterways control the waters; arrow-makers make their arrows straight; carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds. 81. As a solid rock is not moved by the...

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Chapter Five: Dhammapada

Chapter Five: Dhammapada "The Immature" 60. Long is the night for the watchman; long is the road to the weary. Long is the cycle of birth and death to the one who does not know the dharma. 61. If on the spiritual path you find no one to support you, travel alone. The immature cannot be your traveling companion. 62. He thinks, "These are my sons. This is my wealth." He cannot call himself his own, much less his sons and wealth. 63. If the immature knows that he is immature, he has a little wisdom. But the immature who thinks he is wise, is indeed foolish. 64. An immature cannot understand dharma even if he spends his whole life with the wise. How can the spoon know the taste of soup? 65. But if...

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