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Dhammapada - (Dhp 8) - Sahassavagga : Thousands

Friday 26 February 2010, by Buddhachannel Eng.

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DHAMMAPADA

(Dhp 7). Sahassavagga : Thousands

translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009

100-102

Better
than if there were thousands
of meaningless words is
one
meaningful
word
that on hearing
brings peace.
 
Better
than if there were thousands
of meaningless verses is
one
meaningful
verse
that on hearing
brings peace.
 
And better than chanting hundreds
of meaningless verses is
one
Dhamma-saying
that on hearing
brings peace.

103-105

Greater in battle
than the man who would conquer
a thousand-thousand men,
is he who would conquer
just one —
himself.
 
Better to conquer yourself
than others.
When you’ve trained yourself,
living in constant self-control,
neither a deva nor gandhabba,
nor a Mara banded with Brahmas,
could turn that triumph
back into defeat.

106-108

You could, month by month,
at a cost of thousands,
conduct sacrifices
a hundred times,
or
pay a single moment’s homage
to one person,
self-cultivated.
 
Better than a hundred years of sacrifices
would that act of homage be.
You could, for a hundred years,
live in a forest
tending a fire,
or
pay a single moment’s homage
to one person,
self-cultivated.
 
Better than a hundred years of sacrifices
would that act of homage be.
Everything offered
or sacrificed in the world
for an entire year by one seeking merit
doesn’t come to a fourth.
Better to pay respect
to those who’ve gone
the straight way.

109

If you’re respectful by habit,
constantly honoring the worthy,
four things increase:
long life, beauty,
happiness, strength.

110-115

Better than a hundred years
lived without virtue, uncentered, is
one day
lived by a virtuous person
absorbed in jhana.
 
And better than a hundred years
lived undiscerning, uncentered, is
one day
lived by a discerning person
absorbed in jhana.
 
And better than a hundred years
lived apathetic & unenergetic, is
one day
lived energetic & firm.
And better than a hundred years
lived without seeing
arising & passing away, is
one day
lived seeing
arising & passing away.
 
And better than a hundred years
lived without seeing
the Deathless state, is
one day
lived seeing
the Deathless state.
 
And better than a hundred years
lived without seeing
the ultimate Dhamma, is
one day
lived seeing
the ultimate Dhamma.

Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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