Monthly Archives: January 2011

WEEKLY WISDOM 31/01/2011

Free from anger,
duties observed,
principled, with no overbearing pride,
trained, a ‘last-body’:
he’s what I call a brahmin.

Like water on a lotus leaf,
a mustard seed on the tip of an awl,
he doesn’t adhere to sensual pleasures:
he’s what I call a brahmin.
-Dhammapada [26]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 24/01/2011

When, having gone
to the Buddha, Dhamma,
& Sangha for refuge,
you see with right discernment
the four noble truths–
stress,
the cause of stress,
the transcending of stress,
& the noble eightfold path,
the way to the stilling of stress:
that’s the secure refuge,
that, the supreme refuge,
having gone to which,
you gain release
from all suffering & stress.
– Dhammapada [13]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 17/01/2011

Kutadanta accused the Buddha: “I am told that you teach the law of life and the way, yet you tear down religion. Your followers despise rituals and abandon sacrifices. But reverence for the gods can only be shown through sacrifices. The very nature of religion is that of worship and sacrifice.” The Buddha replied: “Greater than the massacring of bullocks is the sacrifice of self. He who offers up his evil desires will see the uselessness of slaughtering animals at the altar. Blood has no power to cleanse, but the giving up of harmful actions will make the heart whole. Better than worshipping gods is following the ways of goodness.”
– Digha Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 10/01/2011

Phenomena are preceded by the heart
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a calm, bright heart,
then happiness follows you,
like a shadow
that never leaves.
– Dhammapada [1]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 03/01/2011

If you’re respectful by habit,
constantly honoring the worthy,
four things increase:
long life, beauty, happiness & strength.
– Dhammapada [109]

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