Dhamma (14)

The non-aggressive, moral and philosophical system expounded by the Buddha, which demands no blind faith from its adherents, expounds no dogmatic creeds, encourages no superstitious rites and ceremonies, but advocates a golden mean that guides a disciple through pure living and pure thinking to the gain of supreme wisdom and deliverance from all evil, is called the Dhamma and is popularly known as Buddhism.

The all-merciful Buddha has passed away, but the sublime Dhamma which he unreservedly bequeathed to humanity, still exists in its pristine purity. Although the master has left no written records of his teachings, his distinguished disciples preserved them with extraordinary precision by committing to memory and transmitting them orally from generation to generation. 

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Dhammapada (14)

The stories recorded in the Dhammapada give us a vivid picture of the Supreme Teacher. Among the Buddha's lay disciples were kings like Bimbisara and Pasenadi; millionaires like Anatha Pindika, courtesans like Sirima, together with a host of ordinary citizens: barbers, goldsmiths, elephant trainers, acrobats, slaves, hunters, fishermen, florists, butchers, weavers and boatmen. Many benefited from his teachings. Some went on their own way, unable to gain anything.

The stories of the Dhammapada have touched the hearts and minds of mankind because they deal with true human feelings. They have pathos, as when Pa!iicara lost her whole family in a series of accidents: they have humour as when we are told that a monk who repeatedly re-joined the Order had his head shaved so many times that it was 'like a whetting stone'; they have romance, as when Nanda pines for the bride he has left behind to join the Order; they have intrigue, as when the heretics employ a courtezan to accuse the Buddha of adultery and as when Magandiya successfully plots against the death of saintly queen who is a follower of the Buddha; they have politics, as when the Buddha's relatives are poised for battle on both sides of the Rohini river because of a quarrel over irrigation and they have drama, as when Devadatta tries repeatedly to battle the Buddha for supremacy and meets a woeful end.

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Dhp 01:01 - Evil Begets Evil

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 22:53 Written by
Dhp 01:01 - Evil Begets Evil

Mind is the forerunner of (all evil) states.
Mind is chief, mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with wicked mind,
because of that, suffering follows one,
even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox. (1)

Dhp 01:02 - Good Begets Good

Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00 Written by
Dhp 01:02 - Good Begets Good

Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states.
Mind is chief; mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with pure mind,
because of that, happiness follows one,
even as one's shadow that never leaves. (2)

Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

Saturday, 14 May 2016 02:35 Written by
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)

Dhp 01:04 - Anger Is Conquered By Love

Monday, 16 May 2016 02:50 Written by
Dhp 01:04 - Anger Is Conquered By Love

Hatreds never cease
through hatred in this world;

through love alone they cease.
This is an eternal law. (5)

Dhp 01:05 - Quarrels Cease Through Right Thinking

The others know not
that in this quarrel we perish;
those of them who realize it,
have their quarrels calmed thereby. (6)

Dhp 01:06 - The Weak Succumb To Temptation But Not The Strong

Whoever lives contemplating pleasant things,
with senses unrestrained, in food immoderate,
indolent, inactive, him verily Mara overthrows,
as the wind (overthrows) a weak tree. (7)

Whoever lives contemplating "the Impurities",
with senses restrained, in food moderate, full of faith,
full of sustained energy, him Mara over-throws not,
as the wind (does not overthrow) a rocky mountain. (8)

Dhp 01:07 - The Pure Are Worthy Of The Yellow Robe But Not The Impure

He who is stained (with defilements)
without self-control and truthfulness,
is not worthy of wearing the yellow robes. (9)

He who is purged of all stain,
is well-established in morals and
endowed with self-control and truthfulness,
is indeed worthy of the yellow robe. (10)

Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

Friday, 27 May 2016 04:43 Written by
Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

In the unessential they imagine the essential,
in the essential they see the unessential –
they who entertain (such) wrong thoughts
never realize the essence. (11)

What is essential they regard as essential,
what is unessential they regard as unessential –
they who entertain (such) right thoughts,
realize the essence. (12)

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