Saturday, 14 May 2016 02:35

Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

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Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

"He abused me, he beat me,
he defeated me, he robbed me",

In those whose harbour such thoughts
hatred is not appeased. (3)

"He abused me, he beat me,
he defeated me, he robbed me",

in those who do not harbour such thoughts
hatred is appeased. (4)

 


Tissa, a cousin of the Buddha, had become a bhikkhu only in his old age. He liked to pose as a senior bhikku and was very pleased when visiting bhikkhus asked his permission to do some service for him. On the other hand, he failed to pay due respect to the senior bhikkus. Besides, he often quarreled with the younger bhikkus. Should anyone rebuke him on account of his behavior he would go complaining to the Buddha, weeping, very much dissatisfied and very upset. The Buddha who understood the position advised Tissa to change his behavior and not to harbor thoughts of hatred against anyone for hatred could only be eradicated by not harboring hatred.

The Buddha said it was not the first time Tissa had been obstinate; he had also been obstinate in a previous life. The Buddha then revealed that in one of his past existences Tissa had been an obstinate ascetic by the name of Devala. As a result of a misunderstanding, he cursed a very holy religious teacher. In spite of the intervention and persuasion of the king to seek the pardon of the religious teacher, Devala refused to do so. Finally, the king had to physically force him to seek the pardon of the religious teacher.


Teaching Focus: When a person holds that he was insulted, assaulted, defeated, or robbed, his anger continues to increase. The anger such a person has no way of subsiding. The more he goes over his imaginary trouble the greater becomes his desire to avenge it. (3) Living in human society, people often quarrel with one another. When such conflicts occur, people often keep thinking about the wrongs done to them by others. When that happens, their anger tends to grow. But in those who forgive and forget the wrongs done to them, anger quickly vanishes. They are then at peace. (4)


Verse Translation (best effort)
Tiến Việt Nó mắng tôi, đánh tôi, Nó thắng tôi, cướp tôi Ai ôm hiềm hận ấy, Hận thù không thể nguôi. (3) Nó mắng tôi, đánh tôi, Nó thắng tôi, cướp tôi Không ôm hiềm hận ấy, Hận thù được tự nguôi. (4)
Le Français "Il m'a maltraité, il m'a battu, il m'a vaincu, il m'a volé ", la haine de ceux qui chérissent de telles pensées n'est pas apaisée. (3) "Il m'a maltraité, il m'a battu, il m'a vaincu, il m'a volé ", la haine de ceux qui ne chérissent pas de telles pensées est apaisée. (4)
Deutsch "Er schimpfte mich ! Schlug auf mich ein! Besiegte mich ! Beraubte mich!" Die alle hegen solchen Groll, der Haß wird denen niemals still. (3) "Er schimpfte mich ! Schlug auf mich ein! Besiegte mich ! Beraubte mich!" Die alle hegen keinen Groll, der Haß wird denen völlig still. (4)
Español "Me maltrató, me golpeó, me derrotó, me robó". El odio de aquellos que almacenan tales pensamientos jamás se extingue. (3) "Me maltrató, me golpeó, me derrotó, me robó". Quienes no albergan tales pensamientos se liberan del odio. (4)
Pу́сский язы́к «Он оскорбил меня, он ударил меня, он одержал верх надо мной, он обобрал меня». У тех, кто таит в себе такие мысли, ненависть не прекращается. (3) «Он оскорбил меня, он ударил меня, он одержал верх надо мной, он обобрал меня». У тех, кто не таит в себе такие мысли, ненависть прекращается. (4)
Magyar Nyelv "Ő megsértett, ő megbántott, ő megütött, ő megrabolt." Aki folyton ezen töpreng, abban örök a gyűlölet. (3) "Ő megsértett, ő megbántott, ő megütött, ő megrabolt." Akit e gondolat nem bánt, abban kihúny a gyűlölet. (4)
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The product of multi-generational paternal dysfunction, I practice healthy recovery (sobriety date December 11, 2001).  I am endogamous in my close personal relationships and belong to a variety of tribes that shape my worldview (in no particular order):

☯ I participate in and enjoy most geek culture. ☯ I am a practicing Buddhist and a legally ordained minister. I like to believe that people of other spiritual/faith systems find me approachable.  I am a member of the GLBTQA community -- I married my long-time partner in a ceremony officiated by Jeralita "Jeri" Costa of Joyful Joinings on November 18, 2013, certificated in King County, Seattle WA. We celebrate an anniversary date of February 2, 2002.  I am a service-connected, disabled, American veteran (USAF).  I am a University of Houston alumnus (BBA/MIS) and currently studying as a post baccalaureate for an additional degree in Philosophy and Law, Values, & Policy.  I am a retired Bishop in the Church of Commerce and Capitalism; the story arch of my prosecuting and proselytizing the technological proletariat is now behind me.  I am a native Houstonian (and obviously Texan).  At 50 years old, I am a "child of the sixties" and consider the 80's to be my formative years.

As I still struggle with humility, I strive to make willingness, honesty, and open mindedness cornerstones in all my affairs. Fourteen years of sobriety has taught me that none of "this" means a thing if I'm unwilling, dishonest, or close minded.  Therefore I work hard on the things I believe in --

  • I believe we can always achieve more if we collaborate and compromise.
  • I believe that liberal(ism) is a good word/concept and something to be proud to support.  The modern, systematic corruption of liberal ideas is a living human tragedy.
  • I believe in a worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The pragmatism of this site and my journey is rooted in both classical and social liberalism.
  • I believe in democratic elections and institutions including a media free of commercial and governmental bias.  Liberty and equality perish when a society becomes uneducated and/or ill-informed.
  • I believe in diversity of life and ideas.  Life and ideas can only flourish when the gene pool is vast and abundantly differentiated.
  • I believe in advancing balance in civil, social, and privacy rights such that all of humanity is continuously uplifted.
  • I believe in separation of church (spirituality) and state (governance) -- with neither in supremacy nor subjugation.
  • I believe in private (real or tangible) property explicitly excluding ideas, knowledge, and methods; such non-tangibles, by natural law, being free for all humanity and emancipated at conception.

While change and the uncertainty of the future may be uncomfortable, I do not fear the unknown; therefore:

    • I believe I must be willing to make difficult choices, that those choices may not be all that I desire, and that such may result in undesirable (or unintended) consequences;
    • I believe we must be willing to make mistakes or be wrong; and I am willing to change my mind if necessary.
I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
  1. I believe it is wrong to kill or to knowingly allow others to kill.
  2. I believe it is wrong to steal or to knowingly allow others to steal.
  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
  4. I believe it is wrong to lie or to knowingly allow others to lie.
  5. I believe in abstention from non-medicinal intoxicants as such clouds the mind.

Suicide, major depression, borderline personality, and alcoholism are feral monsters ever howling at my doorstep. However, despite my turbulent and tragic past, rare is the day where I have to rationalize, defend, or justify the actions of that person I see looking back at me in the mirror...

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