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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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Chapter Four: Dhammapada

Chapter Four: Dhammapada "Fragrant Life" 44. The garland-maker seeks flowers and gathers the most beautiful ones. 45. As when an aspirant searches for a spiritual path, and chooses the path of dharma. On this path he goes beyond the realms of death and of gods. 46. He who knows that this body is the foam of a wave, the shadow of a mirage, breaks the flower tipped arrows of Mara, the god of death. Death can never touch him. 47 & 48. As a torrent of rushing water sweeps away a slumbering village, death sweeps away those who spend their lives half-awake gathering flowers of sensuous passions. 49. The ones fully awake live without injuring nature, as the bee drinks honey without harming flower's beauty or perfume. 50. Think not the faults of others, of...

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Chapter Three: Dhammapada

Chapter Three: Dhammapada "Thoughts" 33. Thoughts are restless, difficult to restrain. The wise straighten their thoughts just as an arrow-maker straightens his arrows. 34. Like a fish on dry land thrashing in agony, a novice meditator agonizes to escape from the power of Mara, the lord of temptations and death. 35. Thoughts are difficult to restrain, they go wherever they want and fancy whatever they wish. But a trained mind is a source of health and joy. 36. The wise can guard their elusive and subtle thoughts wherever and whenever they choose. A well-guarded mind is a source of great joy. 37. He who can guard his thoughts, that wander aimlessly, is free from the bonds of death. 38. He whose mind is unsteady and restless does not know the path to Dharma. 39. But he whose...

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Chapter Two: Dhammapada

Chapter Two: Dhammapada "Being Watchful" 21. Watchfulness is the path of immortality: unwatchful-ness is the path of death. Those who are watchful go beyond death: those who do not watch are already dead. 22. The wise understand the importance of vigilance and rejoice in the wisdom. 23. The wise strive for Nirvana in meditation and attain infinite joy and freedom. 24. The man who meditates earnestly, pure in mind, kind in deed, leading a disciplined life in harmony with the teachings arises in glory. 25. The spiritually disciplined man can make an island for himself that can never be overwhelmed by floods. 26. The foolish are never watchful; but the wise consider watchfulness as their greatest treasure. 27. They never surrender to sloth and carelessness and attain the supreme happiness. 28. The wise overcome sloth through...

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Chapter One: Dhammapada

Chapter One: Dhammapada "Choosing the Right Path" 1. Our life is the reflection of our thoughts. Suffering follows an evil mind as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that hauls it. 2. What we are today is shaped by what we thought yesterday. Joy follows a man with pure mind as his own shadow. 3. "He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me." Those who think thus will never be free from hatred. 4. "He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me." Those who do not think such thoughts will be free from hatred. 5. Hate cannot conquer hate; love can. This is the eternal law. 6. 'All lives come to an end,' those who remember this will end quarreling. 7. Mara, the Tempter overwhelms the one who frantically pursues personal pleasures--eats carelessly and is...

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Eighty-First Chapter

Eighty-First Chapter Tao Te-Ching True words are not beautiful; Beautiful words are not true. A good man does not argue; He who argues is not a good man. A man who has virtue does not look for faults. He who looks for faults has no virtue. The sage does not accumulate anything But gives everything to others. Feeling he has more, he gives more. Heaven is good to all, Injuring no one. The sage imitates it, acting for good of all and opposing no one. # As I Understand It: Authentic words, simply spoken, need no ornamentation. They feel good. Argumentative and judgmental words agitate the mind. Possessing people and accumulating things leave us hollow. The sage neither possesses nor accumulates. The more we give, the more we receive. We don't know how, but it works! Today, allow someone else...

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Eightieth Chapter

Eightieth Chapter Tao Te-Ching Imagine a small country with few people. They have weapons and do not employ them; they enjoy the labor of their hands and do not waste time inventing labor saving machines. They do not travel far. Since they dearly love their homes. They are not interested in travel. Although they have boats and carriages no one uses them. They relish their food, beautify their clothing, are content with their homes, and delight in their way of life. Though they live in the sight of their neighbors, and crowing cocks and barking dogs can be heard across the way, they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die. # As I Understand It: Lao Tzu dreamed of an idealized society-an ideal agricultural society--in which he lived. With no violence or war, no senseless hatred for other people's ideologies,...

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