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The mind is the basis for everything

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

1:1 (1)
The mind is the basis for everything.
Everything is created by my mind, and is ruled by my mind.
When I speak or act with impure thoughts, suffering follows me
As the wheel of the cart follows the hoof of the ox.

1:2 (2)
The mind is the basis for everything.
Everything is created by my mind, and is ruled by my mind.
When I speak or act with a clear awareness, happiness stays with me.
Like my own shadow, it is unshakeable.

1:3 (3)
"I was wronged! I was hurt! I was defeated! I was robbed!"
If I cultivate such thought, I will not be free from hatred.

1:4 (4)
"I was wronged! I was hurt! I was defeated! I was robbed!"
If I turn away from such thoughts, I may find peace.

1:5 (5)
In this world, hatred has never been defeated by hatred.
Only love can overcome hatred.
This is an ancient and eternal law.

1:6 (6)
Everything will end.
When I understand this, all quarrels fade away.

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The above are the first lines of the Dhammapada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures.
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Oh my! Fantastic words to live by! I am printing this out. Thank you. And thanks for the link.
    27 days ago
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