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Buddhist quotes & readings

BARRIER

* Every sin is more injury to him who does it than to him who suffers it. * Do not think lightly of evil, saying “It will no come to me”. Even a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops. Likewise the fool, gathering it drop by drop, fills himself with evil. * Five hindrances to any kind of clear understanding: 1. lusting desires 2. ill-will, hated or anger 3. torpor and languor 4. restlessness and worry 5. sceptical doubts * The fool thinks an evil deed as sweet as honey, so long as it does not repen (does not procuce results). But when it repens, the fool comes to grief. * A faithless, lying man who has no thought of the after life is capable of all sin. * It is well with the evil-doer until his evil (deed) ripens. But when his evil (deed) bears fruit, he then sees its ill effects. * Killing, stealing, lying and adultery, these four evils the wise never praise. * Telling lies is the origin of …

KINDNESS

* Just as a mother would protect her only child even at the risk of her. own life, even so let one cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. * Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this would; it is appeased by love. This is an eternal law. * Let not one deceive another nor despise any person whatever in any place. In anger or ill will let not one wish any harm to another. * Conquer anger by love, evil by good; conquer the miser with liberality, and the liar with truth. * All tremble at punishment. All fear death (Life is dear to all); comparing others with oneself, one should neither kill nor cause to kill.

UNDERSTANDING

*Do not led by mere logic or inference, nor by considering appearances. * When you know for yourselves that certain things are unwholesome and wrong, then give them up.. . And when you know for yourselves that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them. * In the unreal they imagine real, in the real they see the unreal; they who feed on wrong thoughts never achieve the real. * The sensible man is not influenced by what other people think. * Do not be led by reports, or tradition, or hearsay. * Do not velieve what is passed from mouth; Do not believe rumors; Do not believe the infallibility of texts. *Do not believe your own guesses; Do not believe what accords to your own convictions; Do not believe what is spoken by an accepted authority. * he is not thereby just because he hastily arbitrates. The wise man should investigate both right and wrong.

PEACE

* Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. * Leave the past alone, do not worry about the future, do not cling to the present and you will achieve calm. * Being neither jealous nor greedy, being without desires, and remaining the same under all circumstances, this is nobility. * Do not overestimate what you have received, nor ever envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. * He who has tasted the sweetness of solitude and tranquility becomes free from fear and free from sin.

WORRY

*The world lacks and hankers, and is enslaved to “thirst”. * he who sees other’s faults, is ever irritable, the corruptions of such a one grow. he is far from the destruction of the corruptions. * The wise man builds no hopes for the future, entertains no regrets for the past. * The conqueror begets enmity; the defeated lie down in distress. The peaceful rests in happiness, giving up both victory and defeat. * Whoever lives contemplating unpleasant things, with senses well-restrained, in food moderate, replete with confidence and sustained effort, him Mara overthows not, as wind a rocky mountain. * By confidence, by virtue, by effort, by concentration, by the invastigation of the Truth, by being endowed with knowledge and conduct, and by being mindful, get rid of this great suffering. PEACE! Namaste

LIBERATION

* The cure of suffering is to rid oneself of selfish desire. * This is the way to liberation: to act but without greed for success, free from the wish to harm any body and reason. * Whatever deed hbeen performed without greed, without hatred and free from delusion…after greed, hatred (and) delusion were done away with – this deed is annihilated, cut off at the root. Made similar to a rooted-out palm tree, prevented from becoming, in future not subject to the law of becoming. * The path which leads to calm and insight: 1. right understanding, 2. right thought, 3. right speech, 4. right action, 5. right livelihood, 6. right effort, 7. right mindfulness, 8. right concentration. * There is no concentration to one who lacks wisdom, nor is there wisdom to him who lacks concentration. In whom are both concentration and wisdom, he, is in the presence of liberation.