Sayings of the Buddha in Verse
The Path & Nibbana
The best of paths is the Eightfold Path,
The best of truths are the Four Sayings (4 Noble Truths),
Non-attachment is the best of states,
The best of bipeds is the Seeing One.
This is the only Way.
There is none other for the purity of vision.
Do you follow this path,
This is the bewilderment of Mara.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 273, 274)
Following this Way you shall make an end of suffering.
This verily is the Way declared by me when I had learnt to remove the arrow (of suffering).
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 275)
Those , with mind well-developed in the Factors of Enlightenment,
And who have rid themselves of all craving,
Rejoice in their abandonment of grasping.
Such men, with all moral defilements eradicated,
And powerful with the light of Aranthood
Have realized Nibbana even in this world.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 89)
There is no fire like lust,
No crime like hate.
There is no ill like the body,
No bliss higher than Peace (Nibbana).
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 202)
Health is the highest gain.
Contentment is the greatest wealth.
The trusted are the best kinsmen.
Nibbana is the highest bliss.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 204)
Let go of the past, let go of the future, let go of the present.
Having reached the end of existences, with a mind freed from all (conditioned things),
You will not again undergo birth and decay.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 348)
He who has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha,
Sees with right knowledge the four Noble Truths:
Sorrow, the Cause of Sorrow, the Transcending of Sorrow and the Noble Eightfold Path which leads to the Cessation of Sorrow.
This, indeed, is refuge, secure.
This, indeed, is refuge supreme.
By seeking such refuge,
One is released from all sorrow.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 190, 191, 192)
Heedfulness is the path to the deathless,
Heedlessness is the path to death.
The heedful do not die,
The heedless are like the dead.
Distinctly understanding this (difference,)
The wise (intent) on heedfulness rejoice in heedfulness,
Delighting in the realm of the Ariyas.
The constantly meditative, the ever steadfast ones,
Realize the bond-free, supreme Nibbana.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 21, 22, 33)
Surely, the path that leads to worldly gain is one,
And the path that leads to Nibbana is another;
The bhikkhu, the disciple of the Buddha,
Should not rejoice in worldly favors but cultivate detachment.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 75)
Empty this boat, O bhikkhu!
Emptied by you it will move swiftly.
Cutting off lust and hatred,
To Nibbana you will thereby go.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 369)
See Topics 12, 27 & 28 for a more detailed discussion on this subject.
The source for the above material:
K. Sri Dhammananda. The Dhammapada. Copyright © 1988 by Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, 123, Jalan Berhala, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Used with permission.