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THE PAIRS --- Dhammapada

T I T L E (1) :

Mind foreruns all mental conditions,

Mind is chief, mind-made are they;

If one speak or acts with a wicked mind,

Then suffering follows him

Even as the wheel the hoof of the ox.

T I T L E (2) :

Mind forerunr all mental conditions,

Mind is chief,mind-made are they;

If one speaks or acts with a pure mind,

Then happiness follows him

Even as the shadow that never leaves.

T I T L E (3) :

'He abused me, he beat me,

He defeated me, he robbed me;

In those who harbour such thoughts

Hatred never ceases.

T I T L E (4) :

'He abused me, he beat me,

He defeated me, he robbed me'

In those who harbour not such thoughts

Hatred finds its end.

T I T L E (5) :

At any time in this world,

Hatred never ceases by haterd,

But through non-hatred it ceases,

This is an eternal law.

T I T L E (6) :

The common people know not

That in this Quarrel they will perish,

But those who realize this truth

Have their Quarrels calmed thereby.

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By Thich Nhat Hanh, HOU, p3

(Meditations on a sheet of paper)

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. "Interbeing" is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix "inter-" with the verb "to be", we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud, we cannot have paper, so we can say that the cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are (p.3)

The fact is that this sheet of paper is made up only of "non-paper elements." And if we return these non-paper elements to their sources, then there can be no paper at all. Without "non-paper elements," like mind, logger, sunshine and so on, there will be no paper. As thin as this sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it (p.5)

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Hi all,

I recently heard this saying and thought it summed up a lot of the Buddhist philosophy. Have you got any similar quotes / sayings?

"Man’s happiness consists not in the multiplicity of his possessions but in the fewness of his wants."


Foggy Dew

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replace "happiness" with "not suffering" and it would be a little closer to Buddhism.

This is excellent. Although surely it applies to all (most?) philosophies?

definitely not the modern materialistic philosophy of get-spend-have ! :o

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Right from the moment of our birth,

we are under the care and kindness of

our parents and then later on in our life when

we are oppressed by sickness and become old,

we are again dependent on the kindness of

others. Since at the beginning and end

of our lives we are so dependent on others’

kindness, how can it be that in the middle

we neglect kindness towards others?

Source: The Dalai Lama

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"Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All phenomena in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation."

- Lord Buddha's final words.

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... ordinary beings cannot hope to keep the precepts perfectly; rather they abide by the precepts as rules of training in order to curb the grosser forms of bad conduct. At a deeper level there is also perhaps a sense in which no one, not even a buddha, can hope to live in the world and cause absolutely no harm to any living being. That is, it is almost impossible to isolate and disassociate oneself absolutely from activities that indirectly cause harm to living creatures. That this is so is an aspect of the deepest level of the first noble truth: the world, samsara, is by its very nature an imperfect place, a place where suffering is always lurking in one form or another. The question of acting ethically then becomes one of where to draw the line.

- Rupert Gethin, The Foundations of Buddhism

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