Category Archives: Dhammapada

5 February 2012 – 10 am

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the twin verses – thoughts

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

Easy to do, hard to do


They’re easy to do– things of no good & no use to yourself. What’s truly useful & good is truly harder than hard to do.

– Dhammapada 7, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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The WILL and the WORD.

Advice of the Buddhas

Not to do any evil, To cultivate good, To purify one’s mind– This is the advice of the Buddhas.

– Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Wisdom fields


Fields are spoiled by weeds; people, by delusion. So what’s given to those free of delusion bears great fruit. Fields are spoiled by weeds; people, by longing. So what’s given to those free of longing bears great fruit.

– Dhammapada, 24, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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The WILL and the WORD.

Guard against


Guard against anger erupting in body; in body, be restrained. Having abandoned bodily misconduct, live conducting yourself well in body. Guard against anger erupting in speech; in speech, be restrained. Having abandoned verbal misconduct, live conducting yourself well in speech.

– Dhammapada 17, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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The WILL and the WORD.