by Ven. S. Dhammika | 1995–2010 | 8,721 words
This Compilation extracts some of the more popular verses of the Dhammapada, which is (by far) the most popular book of the Sutta Pitaka (second part of the pali-canon). Other interesting verses (addressing Buddha and his enlightened disciples), found across the Sutta Pitaka are also included....
186. Pañcangikena turiyena
na rati hoti tadisi
samma dhammam vipassato.
Music from a five-piece ensemble
cannot produce as much delight
as that of a one-pointed mind
with perfect insight into things.
187. Ye ca santacitta nipaka
satimanto ca jhayino
samma dhammam vipassanti
Those peaceful in mind, discerning,
mindful and meditative,
having perfect insight into things,
unconcerned with sense desires,
188. Appamadarata santa
calm, delighting in diligence,
seeing fear in negligence,
can never fall away or fail,
for they are close to Nibbana.
189. Atitam nanusocanti
tena vanno pasidati.
They do not lament over the past,
they yearn not for what is to come,
they maintain themselves in the present,
thus their complexion is serene.
190. Atitam nanvagameyya
yad atitam pahinan tam
appattañ ca anagatam.
The past should not be followed after
and the future not desired;
what is past is dead and gone
and the future is yet to come.
191. Paccuppannañ ca yo dhammam
tattha tattha vipassati
tam vidva m-anubruhaye.
But whoever gains insight into things
presently arisen in the here and now,
knowing them, unmoved, unshaken,
let him cultivate that insight.
192. Cittam upatthapetvana
parato no ca attato.
Establish the mind, set it up
in one-pointed stability;
look upon all formations
as alien and as not self.
193. Phenapindupamam rupam
The body is like a ball of foam,
feelings are like bubbles,
perception is like a mirage,
mental constituents like a pithy tree,
and consciousness like a magic trick.
194. Sabbalokam abhiññaya
Knowing the world in full directly,
the whole world just as it is,
from the whole world he is freed;
he clings to naught in all the world.
195. Sabbe sabbabhibhu dhiro
phutthassa parama santi
This sage all-victorious
with all bonds loosened,
has reached perfect peace:
Nibbana that is void of fear.