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Oct 31, 2011

Buddha Saying: 10/31/2011

Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone. -Buddha

Oct 28, 2011

Ignorance

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi, in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. There he addressed the monks, "Monks!"

"Yes, lord," the monks responded.

The Blessed One said, "Monks, ignorance is the leader in the attainment of unskillful qualities, followed by lack of conscience & lack of concern. In an unknowledgeable person, immersed in ignorance, wrong view arises. In one of wrong view, wrong resolve arises. In one of wrong resolve, wrong speech... In one of wrong speech, wrong action... In one of wrong action, wrong livelihood... In one of wrong livelihood, wrong effort... In one of wrong effort, wrong mindfulness... In one of wrong mindfulness, wrong concentration arises.

"Clear knowing is the leader in the attainment of skillful qualities, followed by conscience & concern. In a knowledgeable person, immersed in clear knowing, right view arises. In one of right view, right resolve arises. In one of right resolve, right speech... In one of right speech, right action... In one of right action, right livelihood... In one of right livelihood, right effort... In one of right effort, right mindfulness... In one of right mindfulness, right concentration arises."

Translated from Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Oct 18, 2011

Buddha Saying: 18/10/2011

Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful.
Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.