Tame and Guarded

13680798_625299310978500_1594114340302952890_nWonderful, indeed, it is to subdue the mind, so difficult to subdue, ever swift, and seizing whatever it desires. A tamed mind brings happiness.

Let the discerning person guard the mind, so difficult to detect and extremely subtle, seizing whatever it desires. A guarded mind brings happiness.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

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Indeed

17190505_1481685678529848_2194111065249882605_nMuch though we recite the sacred texts, but act not accordingly, we will be like foolish hoarders who only count the wealth of others. We shall not partake of the blessings of the holy life.

Little though we recite the sacred texts, if we put the Teaching into practice —forsaking attachment, aversion, and indifference, with true wisdom and emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or any other world— we shall partake indeed of the blessings of the holy life.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

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Here and Hereafter

13710032_10208351394375375_7057064547202565063_nThe evil-doers grieve here and hereafter;

they grieve in both the worlds.

They lament and are afflicted, recollecting their own impure deeds.

The doers of good rejoice here and hereafter;

they rejoice in both the worlds.

They rejoice and exult, recollecting their own pure deeds.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

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Firm

17098530_1478190362212713_7275640649870220390_nJust as a storm throws down a weak tree, so does temptation overpower those who live for pleasure, are uncontrolled in their senses, immoderate in eating, indolent, and dissipated.

Just as a storm cannot prevail against a rocky mountain, so temptation can never overpower those who contemplate impurity, are controlled in their senses, moderate in eating, and filled with certainty and earnest effort.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

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Passion

11Just as rain breaks through an ill-thatched house,

so passion penetrates an undeveloped mind.

Just as rain does not break through a well-thatched house,

so passion never penetrates a well-developed mind.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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What Endures

13731690_1676255449365175_5792319421383687256_nThe royal chariots surely come to rot,

just as the body, too, comes to decay.

But the shining truth and loving kindness live on

—so say the virtuous to the virtuous.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Dhammapada

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Naturally

14355663_10210516193049889_8986535463716328711_nTo enjoy good health,

to bring true happiness to one’s family,

to bring peace to all,

one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.

Those who can control their minds can find the way to Enlightenment,

and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to them.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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