Sayings of the Buddha in Verse



By morality they attain good birth,
By morality they achieve wealth,
By morality they attain Nibbana,
Therefore one should purify morality.

One should utter the truth.
One should not be angry.
One should give even from a scanty store to him who asks.
Along these three paths one may go to the presence of the gods.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 224)

Put away anger, abandon pride,
Overcome every attachment,
Cling not to Mind and Body
And thus be free from sorrow.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 221)

Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world;
Through love alone they cease.
This is an eternal law.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 5)

Conquer anger by love,
Evil by good;
Conquer the miser with liberality,
And the liar with truth.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 223)

Don't speak harshly to anyone;
Those who are thus spoken to will retort.
Malicious talk is indeed the cause of trouble (dukkha)
And retribution will come to you.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 133)

If you can keep yourself calm and quiet,
Like a broken gong which is no longer resonant,
You are sure to realise Nibbana;
There will be no harshness in you.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd.134)

For one who is in the habit of constantly honoring and respecting the elders,
Four blessings increase - age, beauty, bliss, and strength.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 109)

If no wound there be in one’s hand,
One may carry poison in it.
Poison does not affect one who has no wound.
There is no ill for him who does no wrong.
The Buddha (Dhpd. 124)

He who is perfect in virtue, and insight,
Is established in the Dhamma,
Has realized the Truths,
And fulfils his own duties,
Is loved by all men.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 217)

The scent of flowers cannot go against the wind,
Nor the scent of sandalwood, nor of tagara, nor of jasmine,
Only the reputation of the virtuous ones pervades in every direction.
There are the scents of sandalwood tagara, lotus and jasmine;
But the scent of virtue surpasses all scents.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 54, 55)

As the jasmine creeper sheds its withered flowers,
Even so, O bhikkhus, should you totally cast off lust and hatred.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 377)

He who holds back arisen anger
As one checks a whirling chariot,
Him I call a charioteer;
Other folk only hold the reins.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 222)

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”
In those who harbor such thoughts, hatred is not appeased.
“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”
In those who do not harbor such thoughts, hatred is appeased.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 3, 4)

One should not pry into the faults of others,
Into things done and left undone by others.
One should rather consider what by oneself,
Is done and left undone.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 50)

The bhikkhu who is calm in body, calm in speech, calm in mind,
Who is well-composed, who has given up all worldly things,
Is truly called a 'peaceful one'.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 378)

Whosoever is energetic, mindful, pure in conduct, discriminating,
Self-restrained, right-living, vigilant,
His fame steadily increases.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 24)

He whose senses are subdued,
Like steeds well-trained by a charioteer,
He whose pride is destroyed and is free from the corruptions,
Such a steadfast one even the gods hold dear.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 94)

All tremble at the rod (punishment),
All fear death. Comparing others with oneself,
One should neither strike nor cause to strike.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 129)

See Topic 21 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.



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