Dhammapada

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Selected verses from that compilation of Buddha's teachings:
197. Happy indeed we live, friendly amidst the hostile. Amidst hostile men we dwell free from hatred.
198. Happy indeed we live, friendly amidst the afflicted (by craving). Amidst afflicted men we dwell free from affliction.
199. Happy indeed we live, free from avarice amidst the avaricious. Amidst the avaricious men we dwell free from avarice.
200. Happy indeed we live, we who possess nothing. Feeders on joy we shall be, like the Radiant Gods.
201. Victory begets enmity; the defeated dwell in pain. Happily the peaceful live, discarding both victory and defeat.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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60. Long is the night for the wakeful,
Long is a trek for the weary,
Long is samsara for fools,
Who do not understand the true Dhamma.
61. If a traveler should not find another better or equal to himself,
Then he should resolutely travel alone.
With fools there is no companionship.
62. The fool worries: “I have sons, I have wealth.”
He does not even possess himself.
How then sons? How then wealth?
63. A fool who considers himself foolish is,
In this, like a sage.
But a fool who is proud of his cleverness
Is truly called fool.
64. A fool who spends a lifetime attending on a sage,
Will not apprehend the Dhamma,
Just as a spoon can never know the soup’s flavor.
65. An intelligent person who attends on a sage,
Even for a moment,
Will quickly apprehend the Dhamma,
Like the tongue perceiving the soup’s flavor.
Feldmeier translation.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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13. Just as rain breaks through an ill-thatched
house, so passion penetrates an undeveloped mind.

14. Just as rain does not break through a well-thatched
house, so passion never penetrates a well-developed mind.

15. The evil-doer grieves here and hereafter; he
grieves in both worlds. He laments and is
afflicted, recollecting his own impure deeds.

16. The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter;
he rejoices in both worlds. He rejoices and
exults, recollecting his own pure deeds.

17. The evil-doer suffers here and hereafter; he
suffers in both worlds. The thought, “Evil
have I done,” torments him, and he suffers even
more when gone to realms of woe.

18. The doer of good delights here and hereafter;
he delights in both worlds. The thought,
“Good have I done,” delights him, and he delights
even more when gone to realms of bliss.
Acharya Buddharakkhita translation.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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19. Much though he recites the sacred texts, but
acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a
cowherd who only counts the cows of others —
he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life.

20. Little though he recites the sacred texts, but
puts the Teaching into practice, forsaking lust,
hatred, and delusion, with true wisdom and
emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or
any other world — he indeed partakes of the
blessings of a holy life.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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