Monthly Archives: April 2010

DAILY WISDOM 30/04/2010

Whose minds are well-developed
in the factors of self-awakening,
who delight in non-clinging,
relinquishing grasping–
resplendent,
their effluents ended:
they, in the world,
are Unbound.
-Dhammapada

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DAILY WISDOM 29/04/2010

Love yourself and be awake- Today, tomorrow, always.

First establish yourself in the way,
Then teach others,
And so defeat sorrow.

To straighten the crooked
You must first do a harder thing-
Straighten yourself.

You are your only master.
Who else?
Subdue yourself,
And discover your master.
– Dhammapada

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DAILY WISDOM 28/04/2010

Knowing this body is like foam,
realizing its nature
–a mirage–
cutting out the blossoms of Mara,
you go where the King of Death can’t see.
-Dhammapada

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DAILY WISDOM 27/04/2010

Only for his ruin
does renown come to the fool.
It ravages his bright fortune
& rips his head apart.

He would want unwarranted status,
preeminence among monks,
authority among monasteries,
homage from lay families.
-Dhammapada

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DAILY WISDOM 26/04/2010

All that we are is the result of our thoughts; it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. If you speak or act with a harmful thought, trouble will follow you as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

All that we are is the result of our thoughts; it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. If you speak or act with a harmonious thought, happiness will follow you as your own shadow, never leaving you.
-Dhammapada

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DAILY WISDOM 25/04/2010

It is not by the amount that giving is productive of reward but rather by the generous impulse behind it. Therefore even so little as a handful of rice flour given with a pure heart becomes something that will bring great reward.
-Vimana Vatthu

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DAILY WISDOM 24/04/2010

Before, this mind went wandering
however it pleased,
wherever it wanted,
by whatever way that it liked.
Today I will hold it aptly in check–
as one wielding a goad, an elephant in rut.
-Dhammapada

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DAILY WISDOM 23/04/2010

Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others’ suffering. It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering. It succeeds when it makes cruelty subside, and it fails when it produces sorrow.
– Visuddhimagga (Buddhaghosha Thero)

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DAILY WISDOM 22/04/2010

[At Saavatthii the Blessed One said:] “Monks, there are these five groups of clinging. What five? The body-group of clinging, the feeling-group, the perception-group, the mental-formation-group, the consciousness-group of clinging.

“And when, monks, the Ariyan disciple understands as they really are the arising and the passing away, the attractiveness and the danger, and the deliverance from the five groups of clinging, he is called an Ariyan disciple who is a Stream-winner, not liable to states of woe,1 assured of final enlightenment.”
– Sotaapanno Sutta: The Sotaapanna (‘Stream-winner’)

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DAILY WISDOM 21/04/2010

Even the evil
meet with good fortune
as long as their evil
has yet to mature.
But when it’s matured
that’s when they meet with evil.

Even the good
meet with bad fortune
as long as their good
has yet to mature.
But when it’s matured
that’s when they meet
with good fortune.
-Dhammapada

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