Favorite Dhammapada Verse

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Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by ihrjordan » Tue May 06, 2014 2:32 am

Hi just wanted to know which verse of the Dhammapada is your favorite and for what reason? : ). For me it is probably verses 44 and 45 because it sounds so profound and deep I can just picture the "inner earth" that is metaphorically inside all of us being born and dying for eternity.... "Who will overcome this earth? This world of Yama, Lord of death. Together with it's angels... Who will bring to perfection this path of Dhamma that is well taught" "One who is trained in morality, wisdom and concentration will overcome this earth. This world of death together with it's angels. Just as a skillful artisan would put together a bouquet of flowers"
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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by hermitwin » Tue May 06, 2014 3:14 am

Sensual pleasure is like licking honey off a sharp blade.

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by mikenz66 » Tue May 06, 2014 3:46 am

Hi Hermitwin,

Which verse is that?

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by cooran » Tue May 06, 2014 4:19 am

hermitwin wrote:Sensual pleasure is like licking honey off a sharp blade.
This is not from the Dhammapada. It is not from a Theravada scripture. It is a quote from Shantideva in the Bodhicharyavatara.

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Mkoll » Tue May 06, 2014 4:49 am

There are so many good ones but I really like verse 5.

5. Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue May 06, 2014 8:00 am

An Excellent Man is Not Credulous

“The man who is not credulous, who knows the uncreate,
who has cut off rebirth, who has destroyed all results,
and expelled all desires, he is truly an excellent man.” (Dhp v 97)

Read the footnotes to see why it's such an excellent verse.
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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Kusala » Tue May 06, 2014 9:43 am

ihrjordan wrote:Hi just wanted to know which verse of the Dhammapada is your favorite and for what reason? : ). For me it is probably verses 44 and 45 because it sounds so profound and deep I can just picture the "inner earth" that is metaphorically inside all of us being born and dying for eternity.... "Who will overcome this earth? This world of Yama, Lord of death. Together with it's angels... Who will bring to perfection this path of Dhamma that is well taught" "One who is trained in morality, wisdom and concentration will overcome this earth. This world of death together with it's angels. Just as a skillful artisan would put together a bouquet of flowers"
I don't have a personal favorite, but verse 103 resonates with me, "A man may conquer a million men in battle, but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of all conquerors."
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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 Stiphan » Tue May 06, 2014 1:17 pm

121. Think not lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
122. Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
It's my favourite because it shows one can change for the better or for the worse, depending on one's actions - a fool can become wise and a wise man can become a fool, a good person can become bad and a bad person good - there is always an opportunity for change. It shows the path is gradual and may be slow ("drop by drop"). It shows how progress is made - only through the falling of drops - if you practice the drops are falling, if you're not practicing they do not fall. It shows how practice actually works. We begin with one drop (i.e. we start practice from scratch), gradually filling the pot (continuing the practice), until it is filled and that's Nibbana.

Also because I've "experienced" both verses in my own life, that's how I know their truthfulness.

And lastly because when I first read it (28 May 2006) I was at an incredible point in my life, so it reminds me of good times. I remember memorizing it in Pali when I didn't even know a word of Pali.


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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Sokehi » Wed May 07, 2014 6:28 pm

so many, but this is a dominant daily reflection to me:
Verse 103. Self-Conquest Is The Highest Victory

Though thousand times a thousand
in battle one may conquer,
yet should one conquer just oneself
one is the greatest conqueror.
Get the wanting out of waiting

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by James the Giant » Thu May 08, 2014 12:00 am

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.”
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
SN 9.11

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by cooran » Thu May 08, 2014 12:08 am

James the Giant wrote:Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.”
Hello James,

Could you tell us which verse in the Dhammapada this is and/or give a link to this quote?

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by Wideshanks » Thu May 08, 2014 12:14 am

cooran wrote:
James the Giant wrote:Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.”
Hello James,

Could you tell us which verse in the Dhammapada this is and/or give a link to this quote?

With metta,
Chris
I believe that comes from Ajahn Yo-Dah, but I could be wrong?

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by DNS » Thu May 08, 2014 2:58 am

Wideshanks wrote: I believe that comes from Ajahn Yo-Dah, but I could be wrong?
You are correct! That one is from Master Yoda.

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by James the Giant » Thu May 08, 2014 5:07 am

Hehe, I confess.
I was excited when I found out Yoda or Yodha is Pali for "soldier".
But seriously now, this is my favourite dhammapada verse. It's not poetic or lovely, but it's so useful for me to remember when I'm frustrated or annoyed by people at the monastery... Which happens often.

#253
"He who seeks another's faults, who is ever censorious -his cankers grow.
He is far from the destruction of the cankers."
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
SN 9.11

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Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Post by pegembara » Thu May 08, 2014 5:24 am

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Verse 170. Observe The Impermanence Of Life

Just as a bubble may be seen,
just as a faint mirage,
so should the world be viewed
that the Death-king sees one not.

Explanation: Look at a bubble. How impermanent is it? Look at a mirage. What an illusion! If you look at the world in this way, even the king of death will not see you.

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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."

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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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