Gems of Wisdom

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Post by DNS » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:04 pm

Among the heedless, heedful,
among the sleepy, wide awake.
As the swift horse outruns a hack
so one of good wisdom wins.
Dhammapada 29

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Post by DNS » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:05 pm

As fish from watery home
is drawn and cast upon the land,
even so flounders this mind
while Mara’s Realm abandoning.
Dhammapada 34

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:22 pm

One Trained will comprehend this earth,
the world of Yama, and the gods,
One Trained discern the well-taught Dharma
as one who’s skilled selects a flower.
Dhammapada 45

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:22 pm

That one who’s free of everything
that’s past, that’s present, yet to be,
who nothing owns, who’s unattached,
that one I call a Brahmin True.


Dhammapada 421

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Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:23 pm

If a wayfarer fails to find
one better or equal,
steadfast he should fare alone
for a fools no fellowship.
Dhammapada 61

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:23 pm

Whos destination is unknown
to humans, spirits or to gods,
pollutions stayed, an Arahant,
that one I call a Brahmin True.
Dhammapada 420

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Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:24 pm

Having known this froth-like body
and awakening to its mirage nature,
smashing Mara’s flowered shafts
unseen beyond the Death-king go.
Dhammapada 46

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Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:24 pm

Let him exhort, let him instruct,
and check one from abasement.
Dear indeed is he to the true,
not dear is he to the false.
Dhammapada 77

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Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:24 pm

Who knows how clutching creatures die
to reappear in many a mode,
unclutching then, sublime, Awake,
that one I call a Brahmin True.
Dhammapada 419

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Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:25 pm

Mindful Ones exert themselves,
in no abode do they delight,
as swans abandoning their lake
home after home they leave behind.
Dhammapada 91

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Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:25 pm

Abandoned boredom and delight,
become quite cool and assetless,
a hero, All-worlds-Conqueror,
that one I call a Brahmin True.
Dhammapada 418

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:26 pm

Though a thousand verses be
composed of meaningless lines,
better the single line of verse
one hears, then comes to calm.
Dhammapada 101

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:27 pm

"Enlightenment is ego's ultimate disappointment."
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:47 pm

Your worst enemy can not harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.
Dhammapada, ch.3

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:48 pm

Why do what you will regret? Why bring tears upon yourself? Do only what you do not regret, and fill yourself with joy.


Dhammapada, ch.5

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:49 pm

All we are is the result of what we have thought, it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.
Dhammapada 1-2

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:49 pm

I do not say that the breakthrough to the Four Noble Truths is accompanied by suffering or displeasure. Rather, the breakthrough to the Four Noble Truths is accompanied only by happiness and joy.
Samyutta Nikaya 56.35

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:02 am

“Come, Kālāmas, do not go by oral tradition, by lineage of teaching, by hearsay, by a collection of scriptures, by logical reasoning, by inferential reasoning, by reasoned cogitation, by the acceptance of a view after pondering it, by the seeming competence of a speaker, or because you think: ‘The ascetic is our guru.’ But when you know for yourselves: ‘These things are wholesome; these things are blameless; these things are praised by the wise; these things, if accepted and undertaken, lead to welfare and happiness,’ then you should live in accordance with them.


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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:47 pm

When the average ignorant person makes an assertion that there is a Hell under the ocean (or other freezing or burning, fire ridden place), he is making a statement that is false and without basis. The word hell is a term for painful bodily sensations.
Samyutta Nikaya 36.4

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:58 pm

there is no first beginning, no first beginning is knowable.


Samyutta Nikaya 15.1-2

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