The Saying of Shakyamuni Buddha
* 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.
*. The cause of suffering is selfish desire, whether it i is the desire for pleasure, desire for revenge, or simply desire for a long live.
* Desire cause suffering because it can never be completely gratified.
* From lust springs grief, from lust springs fear, for him who is wholly free from lust there is no grief, much less fear.
* To be attached to one thing (to a certain view) and to look down upon other thing (views) as inferior -- this the wise man call a fetter.
* Bonds do not exists for whose to whom nought is dear or not dear.
* There is no fire like lust, no grip like hate, there is no net like delusion, no river like craving.
* One should give up anger; One should abandon pride; One should overcome all fetters. I'll never befall him who clings not to mind and body and is passionless.
* That which is made of iron, wood, or hemp is not a strong bong, say the wise, (but) that longing for jewels, ornaments, children, and wives is far greater an attachment.
* All desires have in them little pleasant taste but rather much potential suffering.
* Folk enwrapt in craving are terrified like a captive hare; held fast by fetters and bonds, for long they come to sorrow again and again.
* For the person who is perturbed by evil thonghts, who is of strong passions, who sees but the pleasurable, craving steadily grows. Indeed, he makes the bond strong.
*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 thonghts 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.
* May all beings be happy and secure; may their mind be contented.
* let one's thonghts of boundless love pervade the whole world - above, below and across - without any hatred, without any enmity.
* Those visible, and those invisible, those dwelling afar and those near by; being already born, as well as beings seeking birth; - may all beings have happy minds.
* Whether one stands, walks, sits or lies down, as long as one is awake, one should maintain this mind fulness.
* May I be generous and helpful. May I be pure, chaste and virtous. may I not be self and self-possessive but selfless and self-sacrificing. May I be wise and able to give the benefit of my knowledge.
* May I be strenuous, energetic and persevering. May I be patient. may I be able to bear and forbear the wrongs of others. May I ever keep a promise given.
* May I be firm and resolute. may I be kind, compassionate, and friendly. May I be humble, calm, quiet, unruffled and serene. May I serve to be pcrfect. May I be perfect to serve.
* May all living things.... all creatures..... all persons be void of enmity, disease and grief, and may they guard themselves happily.
* 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 illwill 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.
* 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.
* 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 all evils; it leads a person to evil planes of existence, his mouth will emit an offensive smell; and what he says will be disliked and despised by others.
* He who, seeking his own happiness, torments with the rod creatures that are desirous of happiness, shall not obtain happiness hereafter.
* Misconduct is the taint of a woman; stinginess is the taint of a donor. Taints, indeed, are all evil things both in this world and the next.
* The three mental evils are greed, hatred and delusion. The three bodily evils are killing, stealing and harmful sexual conduct. The four oral evils are speaking hypocritically, and using harsh, false and suggestive language.
* By oneself indeed is evil done and by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone and by oneself indeed is one purified. Purity and impurity depend on oneself. No one can purify another.
* Only things with which a man indentifies hirself are able to disturb his mind - only that which concern "myself" can give me grief.
* For him who has no dear (thing) there is no suffering. Those, I declare, are griefless, without passion (and) free from despair.
* He who has a hundred dear (things), has a hundred sufferings; he who has ninety..... ten.....,five.....,two dear (things), has ninety.....,ten.....,five.....,two sufferings.
* The would is in continuous flux and is impermanent.
* Whatever is the nature of arising, all that is of the nature of cessation.
* Birth, old age,disease and death, grief and despair, separation from friends, the company of disliked ones, nonfulfilment of desires - all these attributes of existence are suffering.
* As with a staff the herdsman drives kine to pasture, even so do old age and death drive out the lives of beings.
* Change, impermanence is characteristic of life.
* Whatever is impermanent is "suffering".
* Even when one has pleasure, it cannot continue forever.
* All conditioned things are impermanent, when one sees this in wisdom, then one becomes dispassionate towards the painful. This is the path to purity.
* He who sees sorrow sees also the arising of sorrow, sees also the cessation of sorrow, and see also the path leading to the cessation of sorrow.
* Let him be cordial in his ways and refined in conduct; thereby full of joy he will make an end of ill.
* Love is born out of ties in the previous lives and sympathy in ones present life just as lotus is born out of water and mire.
* He who wishes his own happiness by causing pain to others is not released from hatred, being himself entangled in the tangles of hatred.
* Look at every one equally, irrespective of rich or poor, noble or of low caste.
* The attendant should make the patient happy and hopeful.
* Those who adhere to the principles of the Dhamma, have right attitudes, and true to their words and discharge their duties with responsibility are loved by people.
* Husbands should treat their wives who rely on them in the following five ways: one by honoring them; two by not slighting them; three by being faithful to them; four by giving them household authority; and five by giving them garments and adornments.
* Wives should act towards them in the following five ways: One by organizing the household properly; two by helping the housband relatives; three by being faithful; four by wisely managing and saving the husband's earning; and five being diligent.
* The four principles of social service namely to be generous, to speak gently, to cooperate and to conduct oneself with decorum are like the spokes in a heel turns a car.
* Those who serve society make freinds, they understand the needs of those they eilp, they are generous and patient in their expounding of reasons. Such people are destined to be reward.
* You must be patient, full of compassion, willing to serve.
* When a man speaks or acts with good intention, then happiness follows him like his shadow that never leaves him.
* All states have mind as their forerunner, mind is their chief, and they are mind-made. If one speaks or acts, with a defiled mind; then suffering follow one even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draufht-ox.
* He whose mind does not flutter by contact with worldly contingencies, sorrowless, stainless and secure-the is the Hight Blessing.
* From moment to moment, a wise man removes his own impurities, as a smith removes the dross of silver.
* Be on your guard against mental agitation, be controlled in thoughts, forsaking evil thoughts, follow right ways in thoughts.
* You, the disciples of Gotama, must well awaken, by day and by night always contemplate the perfect sage - Buddha.
* Make haste in doing good, restrain your mind from evil. Who so ever is slow in doing good, his mind delights in evil.
* As from heap of flowers many a gis made even so many good deeds should be done by one born a mortal.
* Do not think lightly of good, saying: It will not come to me. Even as a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops, so the wise man, gathering it drop by drop, fills himself with good.
* Be tolerant among the intolerant, gentle among the violent, and free from greed among the greedy.
* Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purity one's mind, this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
* As a beautiful flower that is full of hue but lacks fragrabcem eveb si fryutkess us tge wekk-soijeb wird if ibe wgi dies bit oractuse ut,
* Though little he recites the Sacred texts, but acts in accordance with the teaching, forsaking lust, hatred and ignorance, truly knowing, with mind well freed clinging for naught heve and hereafter, the shares in the blessings of a reluse.
* If a man practises himself what he admonishes others to do, he himself, being well-controlled, will have controlled over others. it is difficult, indeed, to control oneself.
* To speak no ill, to do no harm, to practise restraint according to the fundamental precepts, to be moderate in eating, to live in seclusion, to devote oneself to higher consciousness, this is the teaching of Buddhas.
* To his ruin, indeed, the fool gains knowledge and fame, they destroy his bright lot and cleave his head.
* Better than a thousand utterance with useless word is one single beneficial word, by hearing which one is pacified.
* A beautiful flower with no scent gives no pleasure to the wearer, so an adage if not followed is of no benifit.
* One should not pry into the faults of into things done and left undone by others. One should rather consider what by oneself is done and left undone.
* the intelligent examines his own behavior every day.
* One may conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, yet he is the best of conquerors who conquers himself.
* Better is it truly to conquer oneself than to conquer others.
* The fault of others is easily seen, but one;s own is hard to see. Lkie chaff one winnows other's faults, but one's own one conceals as a crafty fowler disguiss himself.
* Recognize your own weakness and watch for improvement.
* Whoever, by good deed, covers the evil done, such a one illumines the world like moon freed from clouds.
* You should confess your faults to other preple bravely.
* Repentane includes a turning away from sin.
* As rust, arisen out of iron, eats itself away, even so his own deed lead the transgressor to the state of woe.
* Deed divides beings into lower and higher ones.
* Wholesome deeds help man to achieve better rebirth and thus bring him nearer to salvation.
* Whose is perfect in virtue and insight, is established in Dhamma, has recalized the Truths, and fulfils his own duties, him do folk hold dear.
* I teach action... as well as non-action...I teach the non-performance of bad deeds with body...speech and thought, of the many bad, unwholesome things...I teach the performance of good deed with body...speech and thought, of the many wholesome thing.
* One should make his speeches free from caustic remarks against others.
* The words a man who is reserved in his speech and talks wisely and rationally are delightful to the ear.
* Do not speak ill of others in thier absence.
* Without learning, men grow as cows do increasing only in flash not wisdom.
* With the intelligent, the wise, the learned, the devout, the dutiful and the Ariya-with such a virtuous, intellectual man should one associate.
* Be fond of sleep, fond of company, indolent, lazy and irritable-this is a cause of one's downfall.
* Who strives not when he should strive, who, though young and strong, is given to idleness, who is loose in his purpose and thoughts, and who is lazy-that idler never finds the way to wisdom.
* A teacher should study the mental leaning of a student before be delivered a discourse.
* Teaching should suit the occasion and hearer.
* One should use words of compassion.
* A good teacher should avoid irrelevant matters.
* The gift of Truth excels all gifts; the flavor of Truth excels all flavors; the pleasure in Truth excels all pleasure; he who has destroyed craving overcomes all sorrow.
* Indulge not in heedlessness, have no intimacy with sensuous delights; for the earnest, meditative person obtains abundant bliss.
* Happy indeed we live without hate among the hateful.
*There are two extremes, which ought not to be cultivativated by the recluse. What two? Sensual desire which is low, vulgar, worldly, ignoble, and conductive to harm; and self torment, which is painful, ignoble, and conductive to harm. The Middle Path, discovered by the perfect One, avoids these extremes and gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to peace, to insight, to enlightment and nirvann (liberation).
* happy is virture till old age; happy is steadfast confidence; happy is the attainment of wisdom; happy is it to do no evil.
* Happiness consists in the realization of our wishes, and in our having only right desires.
* one is one's own refuge, who else could be the refuge?
* Man is the master of his sestiny.
* health is the best gain; contentment is the best wealth. A trusty friend is the best kinsman; Nirvana (lideration) is the supreme bliss.
* The mind is very hard to perceive, extremely subtle flits wherever it lists. The wise person guard it. A guarded mind is conductive to happiness.
* Ah, happily do we live, we who have no impediments; feeders of joy shall we be even as the gods of Radiant Realm.
* To be generous in giving, to be righteous in conduct, to help one's relatives, and to be blameless in action-this is greatest blessing.
* The support of father and mother, the cherishing of wife and children, and peaceful occupations-this is the Highest Blessing.
* The knowledge of Divine things, may be properly called wisdom, and the knowledge of human affairs may properly receive the name of knowledge.
* of all things which proceed from a cause, the supreme sage has explained the cause; and he has explained their cessation, too.
* Not-knowing of suffering, the origin of suffering, the termination of suffering, and the way leading to the termination of suffering-this is called ignorance.
* There are three froms of training, What three? The training in the higher morality, that in the higher thought and that in the higher insight.
* let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that neither may your wisdom be with pride, nor your humility without wisdom.
* From meditation wisdom arises, without meditation wisdom wanes.
* Though one may live a hundred years with no true insight and self-control, yet better, indeed, is a life of one day for a man who meditates in wisdom.
* If others were to speak against you, you need non that account entertain thoughts of ill-will and spite, and be dissatisfied with them.
8 If you do hardbour hatred that will not only impede your mental development, but you will also fail to judge how far that speech is right or wrong.
* But also, if others speak highly of me, highly of the Dhamma and the Sangha, you need not on that account be elated; for that too will mar your inner development. You should acknowldege what is right and show the truth of what has been said.
* Although born out of mire and unwasted refuse, a lotus has a pleasing scent; like the wise Buddha's disciples though born among man with craving can shine brightly with wisdom.
* This is an old saying, it is not only of today: they blame those who silent, they blame those who speak too much; those speaking little too they blame; in this world no one is there unblamed.
* Do not pay for success to which you have not right.
* Sound health is the greatest of gifts; contentedness, the greatest of riches; trust, the greatest of qualities.
* Let your diet be spare, your wants moderate, your needs few. So, living modestly, with no distracting desires, you will find content.
* Not by a shower of good coins does contentment arise in sensual pleasures. of little sweetness, but painful, are sensual pleasures.
* Desire, hatred and illusion are three important factors of disease.
* There are two kinds of illness. What are those two? Physical illness and mental illness. Thare seem to be people who injoy freedom from physical illness even for a year or two.for a hundred years or more. But rare in this world are those who enjoy freedom from mental illness even for one moment, except those who are free from mental defilements.
* He who is instable of heart unreliable and behaves badly towards friends can not be of good health.
* The good give up (attachment for) everything, the saintly prattle not with thoughts of craving, whether affected by happiness or by pain, the wise show neigher elation nor depression.
* A wise man, whether happy or sad, will not express his feeling too overly.
* Give up the sensual pleasures, with no impediments, the wise man should cleanse himself of the impurities of the mind.
* If no wound there be in the hand, one may carry poision it it, poison does not affect one who has no wound, there is no ill for him who does no wrong.
* Who so ever is energetic, mindful, pure in conduct, discriminating, self-restrained, right-living, vigilant, his health steadily increase.
* Prevention is better than cure.
* The physician must determine the true disease without doubt, before he gives prescription or treatment.
* Weeds are the bane of fields, lust is the bane of this mankind, hence what is given to the lustless yields abundant furit.
* There are three kinds of giing: 1. material giving, 2. Dhamma giving, 3. fearless giving.
* A gift...should not be made by a noble man who pursues a purpose (when giving)...(But) he who...makes a gift free from purpose, his stock of merits is not easy to be measured.
* The body is not a self. For if this body where a self (then) this body would not tend to illness.
* When the conviction of non-selhas taken root in a person, it leads him to equainimity and superior composure.
* Cordial friendship has a supreme taste.
* If as one fares, one does not find a companion who is better or equal, let one resolutely pursue the solitary course there can be no fellowship with the fool.
* just as the flattery of a friend can pervert, so the insult of an enemy can sometimes correct.
* Know these four guoups of people to be true friends, who help and give support, friends who share hardship as well as fortune, friends who point out benefit and friends who love.
* he who persevers and endures is bound to gain friends, forture, honor, and perpetual happiness.
* I have sons, i have wealth: thinking thus the fool is troubled. Indeed, he himself is not his own. How can sons or wealth be his?
* to have much wealth and ample gold and food, but to enjoy one's luxuries alone - this is a cause of one's downfall.
* Riches ruin the foolish, but not those in quest of the Beyong (liberation) through craving for riches, the foolish one ruins himself as (if he were ruining) others.
* householders should divide their wealth into four portions: one for daily needs, two for saving or giving one for emergencies.
* he whose mind is unsteady, he who knows not the good teaching, he whose confidence waves, the wisdom of such a person does not attain fullness.
* Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.
* 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.
* From now on, one should work deligently on improving ones mind for one never knows when death will come.
* Non-recitation is the rust of doctrines, non-exertion is the rust of homes, sloth is the taint of beauty, carelessness is the flaw of a watcher.
* He who works hard continuously and is fearless in the face of danger is bound to be rewarded.
* Fools, men of little intelligence, give themselves overt negligence, but the wise man protects his dilgence as a supreme treasure.
* Self is the protector of self, self is one's refuge, control therefore your own self as a merchant, a noble steed.
* You yourselves should exert yourselves, for the Buddha only show the way.
* Even this view, which is so pure and so clear, if you attached to it, then you do not understand that the teaching is similar to a raft, which is for crossing over, and not for getting hold of.