Monthly Archives: May 2012

WEEKLY WISDOM 28/05/2012

As rain seeps into
an ill-thatched hut,
so passion,
the undeveloped mind.

As rain doesn’t seep into
a well-thatched hut,
so passion does not,
the well-developed mind.

– Dhammapada [1]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 21/05/2012

“But what makes these ‘experts’ preach their own opinion and call it truth?” asked the inquirer. “Is it an inheritance of humankind to do this, or is it merely something they gain satisfaction from?”

“Apart from consciousness,” answered the Buddha, “no absolute truths exist. False reasoning declares one view to be true and another view wrong. It is delight in their dearly held opinions that makes them assert that anyone who disagrees is bound to come to a bad end. But no true seeker becomes embroiled in all this. Pass by peacefully and go a stainless way, free from theories, lusts, and dogmas.”

– Majjhima Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 14/05/2012

I declare that the overcoming of clinging to the impurities of the world is possible for a person who knows and sees but not for a person who does not know or see. In the person who knows and sees, the dustless and stainless Eye of Truth arises. Seeing the truth, he sees things as they are. Seeing the truth, the eye is born, knowledge is born, wisdom is born, science is born, and light is born.

– Samyutta Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 07/05/2012

Whoever, with a rod, harasses an innocent man, unarmed, quickly falls into any of ten things: harsh pains, devastation, a broken body, grave illness, mental derangement, trouble with the government, violent slander, relatives lost, property dissolved, houses burned down. At the break-up of the body this one with no discernment, reappears in hell.

– Dhammapada [137-140]

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Vesak 2012 Special

What is laughter, what is joy, when the world is ever burning? Shrouded by darkness, would you not seek the light?
– Dhammapada [146]

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