Monthly Archives: December 2012

WEEKLY WISDOM 31/12/2012

Regard him as one who
points out
treasure,
the wise one who
seeing your faults
rebukes you.

Stay with this sort of sage.
For the one who stays
with a sage of this sort,
things get better,
not worse.

– Dhammapada [6]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 24/12/2012

The Buddha was asked: “Is there only one summit of consciousness or are there several?”

He replied: “One and several. As one state of consciousness is realized, then the next is seen. Thus there are several and there is one.”

He was then asked: “Which is first, awareness or knowledge?”

“Awareness arises first and then comes knowledge. One can then say, ‘Because of my awareness, I know this as a fact.'”

– Digha Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 17/12/2012

Though in thought we range throughout the world,
We’ll nowhere find a thing more dear than self.
So, since others hold the self so dear,
He who loves himself should injure none.

– Samyutta Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 10/12/2012

A Brahman named Sangarava bathed every morning and evening in the river so that he could be cleansed from whatever sin he might have committed during the day.

To him, the Buddha said, “If bathing could purify one from sins, then all the frogs, turtles, and crocodiles would be free from sin! The real lake is the lake of goodness, with grace as its shore for bathing. Clear and undefiled, it soothes all who immerse themselves. Plunge into the waters of goodness and learn to swim.”

– Samyutta Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 03/12/2012

If the element of the truth seeker did not exist in everyone,
There would be no turning away from craving,
Nor could there be a longing for nirvana,
Nor a seeking for it, nor a resolve to find it.

– Visuddhi Magga

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