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To reside in a suitable location,

to have done meritorious actions in the past,

and to set oneself on the right path,

these are the greatest blessings.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahamangala Sutta

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Greatest Blessings 1

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Not to associate with fools,

but to associate with the wise,

and to honor those who are worthy of honor,

these are the greatest blessings.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahamangala Sutta

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Brief and On Point

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Some do not understand

that we must die,

but those who do realize this

settle their quarrels.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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The 5 Aggregates

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Form is like a lump of foam;

feeling is like a bubble;

ideation is like a mirage;

formations are like a banana tree;

consciousness is like an illusion

so teaches the kinsman of the Sun.

In whichever way they are reflected upon,

investigated appropriately,

they are seen to be without essence and insubstantial

by those who see correctly.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Phena Pinḍūpama Sutta

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Snakes & Serpents

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Those who can curb their wrath as soon as it arises,

as a timely antidote will check snake’s venom that so quickly spreads,

such as these give up the here and the beyond,

just as a serpent sheds its worn-out skin.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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A Raft

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I have taught the Dharma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto.

Understanding the doctrine as taught compared to a raft, you should let go even of Dharmas, to say nothing of non-Dharmas.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Alagaddupama Sutta

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Blinded

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Although my eyes, blinded by passions,

do not see the brilliant light that embraces me,

the Great Compassion never tires,

always casting its light upon me.

–Honen Shonin

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