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Saturday, October 1, 2005
More Dhamma for Reflection

"We know at the intellectual level what is
right; but we still keep on repeating the
same mistakes because our mind is not
under our control, because it is not pure."

--S.N. Goenka, The Vipassana Newsletter, May 2002


"Easy it is to do what is wrong and what
is harmful to oneself, difficult indeed
to do that which is good and beneficial."

--Dhammapada 163 (12:7)


"Just as rust eats away at the very iron
from which it has risen, so a transgressors'
own deeds lead him to states of suffering."

--Dhammapada 240 (18:6)


"Witlessly, fools conduct themselves as
if their own enemies, performing harmful
actions of which the fruit is bitter."

--Dhammapada 66 (5:7)


"Be well-restrained in your thoughts,
words, and deeds. Through purifying
these three ways of action, one wins
the path realized by the Sages."

--Dhammapada 281 (20:9)


"A disciplined mind leads to happiness."

--Dhammapada 35 (3:3)


"One who was heedless in the past, and
later is heedful, such a one illumines the
world like the moon freed from clouds."

--Dhammapada 172 (13:6)

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Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2005 11:39 AM CDT
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Thursday, September 8, 2005
On the 5th Precept

For some teachings on the 5th Precept,
click here.

Posted by mettajon at 12:26 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:29 AM CDT
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Sunday, June 19, 2005
Today's Dhamma (Dharma) - Something to Reflect On

"There are two kinds of suffering: the suffering
that leads to more suffering, and the suffering
that leads to the end of suffering.  If you are
not willing to face the second kind of suffering,
you will surely continue to experience the first."

--Ajahn Chah, from A Still Forest Pool

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Saturday, May 28, 2005
Dhamma (Dharma) Verses for Reflection


My mind cannot experience peace while it fosters painful thoughts
of hatred. Restless, unable to sleep, I shall know no joy or happiness.

--Shantideva, Bodhisattvacaryavatara (6:3)


Having found its fuel of unhappiness in the obstruction of what I
wish for and in the doing of what I do not want, Hatred increases
and then destroys me. Therefore, I should totally extinguish the
fuel of this enemy; for this enemy has no other function than that
of causing me harm.

--Shantideva, Bodhisattvacaryavatara (6:7-8)


If I am unable to endure the sufferings of the present, then
why not restrain myself from anger, which will be the cause
of future sufferings?

--Shantideva, Bodhisattvacaryavatara (6:73)

Posted by mettajon at 1:40 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, November 4, 2007 4:42 PM CDT
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Monday, May 9, 2005
More Dhamma for Reflection

"Behold those who struggle after petty ambitions,
like fish in a stream that is rapidly drying up. Seeing
this, let your life be lived unselfishly, unshaken, un-
attached to various states of becoming."

--Guhattaka Sutta (Sn. 777)


"A fire burns in dependence upon its fuel. When
that is used up, if it does not get any more fuel,
the fire goes out."

--Aggi Vacchagotta Sutta (MN 72:19)


"Who creates no karma obtains the Dharma."

"What the present mind-state sows, the next mind-
state reaps...but if the present mind-state sows
nothing, the next mind-state reaps nothing."

--Bodhidharma, Wake-up Sermon

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Updated: Monday, May 9, 2005 12:07 AM CDT
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Sunday, May 8, 2005
Not-Quite-Daily Dhamma: Verses for Reflection

"What people expect to happen is always different
from what actually happens; from this arises
great disappointment. This is the way that the
world works."

--Salla Sutta (Sn. 588)


"All conditioned phenomena are impermanent,
unstable, subject to change."

--Dhammapada 277 (20:5)


"Life is uncertain; death is certain."

--Uraga Jataka (Jat. 354)

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Updated: Sunday, May 8, 2005 9:47 PM CDT
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Monday, April 25, 2005
Not-Quite-Daily Dhamma: Verses for Reflection

"Mindfulness is the path to the deathless;
heedlessness is the path to death. Those
who are mindful do not die; the heedless
are as if dead already."

--Dhammapada 21 (2:1)


"Greed can neither be eliminated by
bodily acts nor by speech. Hatred
can neither be eliminated by bodily
acts nor by speech. Delusion can
neither be eliminated by bodily acts
nor by speech. But all of these can
be eliminated by wisely seeing them."

--Anguttara Nikaya (101:23)


Re: holding onto anger and resentment:

"By doing this, you are like a man who
wants to harm another and picks up a
burning ember. He only burns himself."

--Venerable Buddhaghosa, Visuddhi Magga (9:23)


"The anger that you entertain
gnaws away at the very roots
of any virtues that you observe."

--Venerable Buddhaghosa, Visuddhi Magga (9:22)


"If you get angry at someone, then
maybe you make him suffer, maybe not;
though with the hurt that anger brings,
you certainly are suffering now."

--Venerable Buddhaghosa, Visuddhi Magga (9:22)

Posted by mettajon at 7:07 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, April 25, 2005 7:14 PM CDT
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Friday, April 15, 2005
Not-Quite-Daily Dhamma: Verses for Reflection

"One who conquers himself is greater than one who
conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the
battlefield. Be victorious over yourself, and not over
others. When you have gained victory over yourself,
not even the gods can turn it into defeat."

--Dhammapada 102-104 (8:4-5)


"One who stops rising anger as one would stop an
out-of-control chariot, that one deserves to be called
a charioteer; others merely hold the reins."

--Dhammapada 222 (17:2)


"Forbearing patience is the highest form of self-discipline."

--Dhammapada 184 (14:6)


"When a house is burning, the fire is put out with water.
So it is with a man of wisdom. Skillful, learned, and self-
reliant, he extinguishes sorrow as soon as it arises."

--Salla Sutta (Sn 591)

Posted by mettajon at 6:38 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, April 15, 2005 10:06 PM CDT
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Sunday, April 10, 2005
Daily Dhamma: Verses for Reflection


"All that we experience is the result of our thoughts, is
founded on our thoughts, is made up of our thoughts..."

--Dhammapada 1:1


"Whatever harm an enemy may do to one...an undisciplined mind
can do far greater harm. Whatever good one's mother, father, or
other relatives may do for one, a well-disciplined mind can do far
greater good."

--Dhammapada 42-43 (3:10-11)


The Buddha: "What is the purpose of a mirror, Rahula?"

Rahula: "The purpose of a mirror is reflection, Venerable One."

The Buddha: "So it is with the mind, Rahula.  Actions of body,
speech, and mind should be done after repeated reflection."

--Ambalatthika Rahulovada Sutta (MN 61)

Posted by mettajon at 12:05 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, November 4, 2007 4:47 PM CDT
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