Dhammapada (Dhp XIV) - Buddhavagga: Awakened
Tuesday 1 June 2010, by
Whose conquest can’t be undone,whose conquest no one in the worldcan reach;awakened, his pasture endless,pathless:by what path will you lead him astray?In whom there’s no craving— the sticky ensnarer —to lead him anywherever at all;awakened, his pasture endless,pathless:by what path will you lead him astray?
They, the enlightened, intent on jhana,delighting in stilling& renunciation,self-awakened & mindful:even the devasview them with envy.
Hard the winning of a human birth.Hard the life of mortals.Hard the chance to hear the true Dhamma.Hard the arising of Awakened Ones.
The non-doing of any evil,the performance of what’s skillful,the cleansing of one’s own mind:this is the teachingof the Awakened.Patient endurance:the foremost austerity.Unbinding:the foremost,so say the Awakened.He who injures anotheris no contemplative.He who mistreats another,no monk.Not disparaging, not injuring,restraint in line with the Patimokkha,moderation in food,dwelling in seclusion,commitment to the heightened mind:this is the teachingof the Awakened.
Not even if it rained gold coinswould we have our fillof sensual pleasures.’Stressful,they give little enjoyment’ —knowing this, the wise onefinds no delighteven in heavenly sensual pleasures.He is one who delightsin the ending of craving,a disciple of the RightlySelf-Awakened One.
They go to many a refuge,to mountains and forests,to park and tree shrines:people threatened with danger.That’s not the secure refuge,not the supreme refuge,that’s not the refuge,having gone to which,you gain releasefrom all suffering & stress.But when, having goneto the Buddha, Dhamma,& Sangha for refuge,you see with right discernmentthe four noble truths —stress,the cause of stress,the transcending of stress,and the noble eightfold path,the way to the stilling of stress:that’s the secure refuge,that, the supreme refuge,that is the refuge,having gone to which,you gain releasefrom all suffering & stress.
It’s hard to come bya thoroughbred of a man.It’s simply not truethat he’s born everywhere.Wherever he’s born, an enlightened one,the family prospers,is happy.
A blessing: the arising of Awakened Ones.A blessing: the teaching of true Dhamma.A blessing: the concord of the Sangha.The austerity of those in concordis a blessing.
If you worship those worthy of worship,— Awakened Ones or their disciples —who’ve transcendedobjectifications,lamentation,and grief,who are unendangered,fearless,unbound:there’s no measure for reckoningthat your merit’s ’this much.’
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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