And the Buddha said: "I shall protect myself with the thought that
the Foundations of Mindfulness should be cultivated. I shall protect others
with the thought that the Foundations of Mindfulness should be cultivated. By
protecting oneself one protects others; by protecting others one protects oneself.
And how does one, by protecting oneself, protect others? By repeated practice
(of mindfulness), by its meditative development, and by frequent occupation
with it. And how does one, by protecting others, protect oneself? By patience,
by a non-violent life, by loving kindness and compassion."
By self alone is evil done, by self one if defiled; by self is evil left undone, by self alone one is purified. Pure and impure on self alone depend; no one can make another pure.
The effort, you yourself must make, the Perfect Ones point out the Way.
Like me victorious saints will be, who have attained to the defilements' end.
After a disciple has received information about the Way and the Goal, there are only two rules for his successful spiritual practice: "Begin!" and "Go on!"