Favorite Dhammapada Verse

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Fri May 09, 2014 7:07 am

Verse 51: "Like a beautiful flower full of color but without fragrance, even so, fruitless are the fair words of one who does not practice them."
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by DNS » Fri May 09, 2014 10:32 pm

"Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone."

Dhammapada 50

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by SamBodhi » Sat May 10, 2014 12:36 am

I always like the first verse. This is Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation from Access to Insight.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Phenomena are preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a corrupted heart,
then suffering follows you —
as the wheel of the cart,
the track of the ox
that pulls it.

Phenomena are preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a calm, bright heart,
then happiness follows you,
like a shadow
that never leaves.
Althought, I think that is technically two verses.


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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Sat May 10, 2014 5:42 am

Verse 251: "There is no fire like lust; there is no grip like hatred; there is no net like delusion; there is no river like craving."
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by DNS » Sat May 10, 2014 6:12 pm

SamBodhi wrote:
Phenomena are preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a corrupted heart,
then suffering follows you —
as the wheel of the cart,
the track of the ox
that pulls it.

Phenomena are preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a calm, bright heart,
then happiness follows you,
like a shadow
that never leaves.
Interesting translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. How did he translate that as 'heart'?

mano-pubbangamaa dhammaa mano-seTThaa mano-mayaa
manasaa che paduTThena bhaasati vaa karoti vaa
tato naM dukkham anveti chakkaM va vahato padaM.

mano-pubbangamaa dhammaa mano-seTThaa mano-mayaa
manasaa che pasannena bhaasati vaa karoti vaa
tato naM sukham anveti chhayaa va anapaayinii.

manō pubbaïgamà = thought precedes;
manō seññhà =thought is predominant;
manasà = thought

hadaya = heart (which is not in the original Pali)

In virtually all other translations it is 'mind' and 'thoughts'.

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Coyote » Sat May 10, 2014 7:22 pm

I am rather partial to:

153. Through many a birth in samsara have I wandered in vain, seeking the builder of this house (of life). Repeated birth is indeed suffering!

154. O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole shattered. My mind has reached the Unconditioned; I have attained the destruction of craving.


-Dhp 153-4 (Trans. Buddharakkhita)

I like it because it fills me with awe at what the Buddha and the Arahants accomplished, and how far there is to go.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Sun May 11, 2014 12:34 am

Verse 151: "Even gorgeous royal chariots wear out, and indeed this body too wears out. But the Dhamma of the Good does not age; thus the Good make it known to the good."

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by SamBodhi » Sun May 11, 2014 5:26 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
SamBodhi wrote:
Phenomena are preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a corrupted heart,
then suffering follows you —
as the wheel of the cart,
the track of the ox
that pulls it.

Phenomena are preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a calm, bright heart,
then happiness follows you,
like a shadow
that never leaves.
Interesting translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. How did he translate that as 'heart'?

mano-pubbangamaa dhammaa mano-seTThaa mano-mayaa
manasaa che paduTThena bhaasati vaa karoti vaa
tato naM dukkham anveti chakkaM va vahato padaM.

mano-pubbangamaa dhammaa mano-seTThaa mano-mayaa
manasaa che pasannena bhaasati vaa karoti vaa
tato naM sukham anveti chhayaa va anapaayinii.

manō pubbaïgamà = thought precedes;
manō seññhà =thought is predominant;
manasà = thought

hadaya = heart (which is not in the original Pali)

In virtually all other translations it is 'mind' and 'thoughts'.
I do not know how he got that translation. That is why I felt it was necessary to cite the source. Because I have also only ever seen it as mind or thought.

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All outward-going knowing
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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Mon May 12, 2014 9:38 am

Verse 97: "The man who is without blind faith, who knows the Uncreated, who has severed all links, destroyed all causes (for karma, good and evil), and thrown out all desires - he, truly, is the most excellent of men."
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Tue May 13, 2014 9:32 am

186-187

Not even if it rained gold coins
would we have our fill
of sensual pleasures.
'Stressful,
they give little enjoyment' -
knowing this, the wise one
finds no delight
even in heavenly sensual pleasures.
He is one who delights
in the ending of craving,
a disciple of the Rightly
Self-Awakened One.
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Thu May 15, 2014 7:40 am

218: One who is intent upon the Ineffable (Nibbana), dwells with mind inspired (by supramundane wisdom), and is no more bound by sense pleasures - such a man is called "One Bound Upstream."
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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