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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Full text of ” The Dhammapada. From ancient times to the present, the Dhammapada has been regarded as the most succinct expression of the Buddha’s teaching found in the Theravada Pali Canon of scriptures known as the Khuddaka Nikaya “Minor Collection” of the Sutta Pitaka. Buddhist tradition has it that shortly after the passing away of the Buddha his disciples met in council at Rajagaha for the purpose of recalling to mind the truths they had received from their beloved Teacher during the forty-five years of his ministry.

Their hope was to implant the principles of his message so firmly in memory that they would become a lasting impetus to moral and spiritual conduct, for themselves, their disciples, and for all future disciples who would seek to follow in the footsteps of the Awakened One.

With the Teacher no longer among them, the monks found themselves with the responsibility of handing on the teaching as faithfully as possible. Having no written texts to rely on, they did as their ancestors had before them and prepared their discourses for recitation, that is, basic themes were repeated with variations in order to impress the ideas on their hearers. At that time, according to the Sinhalese, the Dhammapada was orally assembled from the sayings of Gautama given on some three hundred different occasions.

Thomas Byrom ( of The Dhammapada)

Subsequently, several renditions of the Dhammapada in the Sanskrit and Chinese languages came into circulation. Likewise, a number of stanzas are to be found almost verbatim in other texts of the canonical literature, testifying to the esteem in which its content was anciently held.

Since first collated, the Dhammapada has become one of the best loved of Buddhist scriptures, recited daily by millions of devotees who chant its verses in Pali or in their native dialect. It was inevitable that differences in interpretation of teaching as well as of disciplinary practices would arise, with the result that about a century after the First Council was held a second gathering was called to affirm the purity of the doctrine.


From the Dhammapada Foreword of Dr. The Fool 5 6. The Wise Man 6 7. The Master 6 8. The Thousands 7 9. Old Age 8 The World Q The Just 13 Btrom Way 13 Out Of The Forest 14 The Dark 14 The Elephant 15 The Seeker 17 The True Master 18 The Dhammapada, www.

Choices We are what we think. All that we are arises with our vyrom. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind And dhammapaa will follow you As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart. We are what we think. Speak or act with a pure mind And happiness will follow you As your shadow, unshakable.

In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate.

This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible. You too shall pass away. Knowing this, how can you quarrel? How easily the wind overturns a frail tree.

Seek happiness in the senses, Indulge in food and sleep, And you too will be uprooted. The wind cannot overturn a mountain. Temptation cannot touch the man Who is awake, strong and humble, Who masters himself and minds the dharma. If a man’s thoughts are muddy, If he is reckless and full of deceit, How can he wear the yellow robe?

Whoever is master of his own nature, Bright, clear and true, He may indeed wear the yellow robe. Mistaking the false for the true, And the true for the false, You overlook the heart And fill yourself with desire.

See the false as false, The true as true. Look into your heart. An unreflecting mind is a poor roof. Passion, like the rain, floods the house.

But if the roof is strong, there is shelter. Whoever follows impure thoughts Suffers in this world and the next. In both worlds he suffers And how greatly When he sees the wrong he has done. But whoever follows the dharma Is joyful here and joyful there. In both worlds he rejoices And how greatly When he sees the good he has done. For great is the harvest in this world, And greater still in the next.

However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act upon them? Are you a shepherd Who counts another man’s sheep, Never sharing the way? Read as few words as you like, And speak fewer. But act upon the dharma. Give dhammaada the old ways – Passion, enmity, folly. Know the truth and find peace.

Wakefulness Wakefulness is the way to life. The fool sleeps As if he were already dead, But the master is awake And he lives forever. Xhammapada happy he is! For he sees that wakefulness is life.


How happy he is, Following the path of the awakened. With great perseverance He meditates, seeking Freedom and happiness.


So awake, reflect, watch. Work with care and attention. Live in the way The Dhammapada, www. By watching and working The master makes for himself an island Which the flood cannot overwhelm. The fool is careless. But the master guards his watching. It is his most precious treasure. He never gives in to desire. And dhammspada the strength of his resolve He discovers true happiness. He overcomes desire – And from the tower of his wisdom He looks down with dispassion Upon the sorrowing crowd.

From the mountain top He looks down at those Who live close to the ground. Mindful among the mindless, Awake while others dream, Swift as the race horse He outstrips the field. By watching Indra became king of the gods. How wonderful it is to watch. How foolish to sleep. The beggar who guards his mind And fears the waywardness of his thoughts Burns through every bond With the fire of his vigilance. The beggar dhsmmapada guards his mind And fears his own confusion Cannot fall.

He has found his way to peace. Mind As the fletcher whittles And makes straight his arrows, So the master directs His straying thoughts.

dhammapaad Like a fish out of water, Stranded burom the shore, Thoughts thrash and quiver, For how can they shake off desire? They tremble, they are unsteady, They wander at their own will. It is good to control them, And to master them brings happiness. But how subtle they are, How elusive! The task is to quieten them, And by ruling them to find happiness. With single-mindedness The dhammapads quells his thoughts.

He ends their wandering. Seated in the cave of the heart, He finds freedom. How can a troubled mind Understand the way? If a man is disturbed He will never be filled with knowledge. An untroubled mind, No longer seeking to consider What is right and what is wrong, A mind beyond judgements, Watches and understands. Know that the body is a fragile jar, And make a castle of your mind. In every trial Let understanding fight for you To defend what you have won.

For soon the body is discarded, Then what does it feel?