Dhammapada(Dhp XX) - Maggavagga: The Path
Thursday 20 May 2010, by
Of paths, the eightfold is best.Of truths, the four sayings.Of qualities, dispassion.Of two-footed beings,the one with the eyesto see.
Just thisis the path— there is no other —to purify vision.Follow it,and that will be Mara’sbewilderment.Following it,you put an endto suffering & stress.I have taught you this pathhaving known— for your knowing —the extraction of arrows.It’s for you to striveardently.Tathagatas simplypoint out the way.Those who practice,absorbed in jhana:from Mara’s bondsthey’ll be freed.
When you see with discernment,’All fabrications are inconstant’ —you grow disenchanted with stress.This is the pathto purity.When you see with discernment,’All fabrications are stressful’ —you grow disenchanted with stress.This is the pathto purity.When you see with discernment,’All phenomena are not-self’ —you grow disenchanted with stress.This is the pathto purity.
At the time for initiativehe takes no initiative.Young, strong, but lethargic,the resolves of his heartexhausted,the lazy, lethargic oneloses the pathto discernment.
Guarded in speech,well-restrained in mind,you should do nothing unskillfulin body.Purifythese three courses of action.Bring to fruitionthe path that seers have proclaimed.
From striving comes wisdom;from not, wisdom’s end.Knowing these two courses— to development,decline —conduct yourselfso that wisdom will grow.
Cut downthe forest of desire,not the forest of trees.From the forest of desirecome danger & fear.Having cut down this forest& its underbrush, monks,be deforested.For as long as the leastbit of underbrushof a man for womenis not cleared away,the heart is fixatedlike a suckling calfon its mother.
Crushyour sense of self-allurelike an autumn lilyin the hand.Nurture only the path to peace— Unbinding —as taught by the One Well Gone.
’Here I’ll stay for the rains.Here, for the summer & winter.’So imagines the fool,unaware of obstructions.That drunk-on-his-sons-&-cattle man,all tangled up in the mind:death sweeps him away —as a great flood,a village asleep.
There are no sonsto give shelter,no father,no familyfor one seized by the Ender,no shelter among kin.Consciousof this compelling reason,the wise man, restrained by virtue,should make the path pure— right away —that goes all the way to Unbinding.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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