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Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

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We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.

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To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

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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.

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All sufferings originate from our own grasping and ignorance

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Kalama Sutta
The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town. They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha's reply.

– Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.
– Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.
– Do not believe anything on account of rumors or because people talk a a great deal about it.
– Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.
– Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.
– Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favor, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.
– Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.
– But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.

The same text, said the Buddha, must be applied to his own teachings.

– Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.

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"As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings; radiating kindness over the entire world."
The Buddha, Sutta Nipata I, 8

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If you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest.

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Who does not strives when it is time to strive, who - though young and strong - is indolent, who is low in mind and thought, and is lazy, that idler never finds the way to wisdom

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Conquer the angry man by love.Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.Conquer the miser with generosity.Conquer the liar with truth

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It is intention [or volition; instead of just an action], monks, that I call kamma [karma],for having willed, one performs an action through body, speech and mind


from --> http://viewonbuddhism.org/dharma-quotes-quotations-buddhist/karma.htm

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Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small;however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain

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Attention leads to immortality. Carelessness leads to death. Those who pay attention will not die, while the careless are as good as dead already.Foolish, ignorant people indulge in careless lives, whereas a clever man guards his attention as his most precious possession

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If there is no wound on one's hand, one can handle poison. Poison has no effect where there is no wound.There is no evil for the non-doer.Do not follow a life of evil; do not live heedlessly; do not have false views; do not value worldly things.In this way one can get rid of suffering

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Be urgent in good; hold your thoughts off evil. When one is slack in doing good the mind delights in evil

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Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes

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Ch. 58 The Buddha Replies to the Deva On a certain day when the Blessed One dwelt at Jetavana, the garden of Anathapindika, a celestial deva came to him in the shape of a Brahman enlightened and wearing clothing as white as snow.The deva asked, What is the sharpest sword? What is the deadliest poison? What is the fiercest fire? What is the darkest night?
The Blessed One replied,

The sharpest sword is a word spoken in wrath;
the deadliest poison is covetousness;
the fiercest fire is hatred;
the darkest night is ignorance.

The deva said,

What is the greatest gain?
What is the greatest loss?
Which armour is invulnerable?
What is the best weapon?
The Blessed One replied,

The greatest gain is to give to others;
the greatest loss is to greedily receive without gratitude;
an invulnerable armor is patience;
the best weapon is wisdom.

The deva said,

Who is the most dangerous thief?
What is the most precious treasure?
Who can capture the heavens and the earth?
Where is the securest treasure-trove? The Blessed One replied,

The most dangerous thief is unwholesome thought;
the most precious treasure is virtue;
the heavens and the earth may be captured by the mind's eye;
surpassing rebirth locates the securest treasure-trove.

The deva asked,

What is attraction?
What is repulsion?
What is the most horrible pain?
What is the greatest enjoyment?
The Buddha replied,

Attraction is wholeness;
repulsion is unwholesomeness;
the most tormenting pain is bad conscience;
the height of bliss is redeemed awakening.

The deva asked,

What causes ruin in the world?
What breaks off friendships?
What is the most violent fever?
Who is the best physician?" The Blessed One replied,

Ruin in the world is caused by ignorance;
friendships are broken off by envy and selfishness;
the most violent fever is hatred;
the best physician is the Buddha;

The deva continued,

Now I have only one doubt to resolve and absolve:
What is it fire cannot burn,
nor moisture corrode,
nor wind crush down,
but is able to enlighten the whole worldThe Buddha replied,

Blessing!
Neither fire, nor moisture, nor wind
can destroy the blessing of good deeds,
and blessings enlighten the whole world.

Hearing these answers,

the deva was overflowing with joy.
Then clasping hands, bowed down in respect and
disappeared suddenly from the presence of the Buddha



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* Sensual passions are your first enemy.

Your second is called Discontent.
Your third is Hunger & Thirst.
Your fourth is called Craving.
Fifth is Sloth & Drowsiness.
Sixth is called Terror.
Your seventh is Uncertainty.
Hypocrisy & Stubbornness, your eighth.
Gains, Offerings, Fame, & Status wrongly gained,
and whoever would praise self
& disparage others.
That, Namuci, is your enemy,
the Dark One's commando force.
A coward can't defeat it,
but one having defeated it
gains bliss

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No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path but Buddhas clearly show the way

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Do not believe anything
because it is said by an authority,
or if it is said to come from angels,
or from Gods,
or from an inspired source.

Believe it only if you have explored it
in your own heart
and mind and body
and found it to be true.

Work out your own path,
through diligence

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Whatever is impermanent is subject to change. Whatever is subject to change is subject to suffering

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The rational nature of man is a spark of the true light; it is the first step on the upward road. But new births are required to insure an ascent to the summit of existence, the enlightenment of mind and heart, where the immeasurable light of moral comprehension is gained… which is the source of all righteousness.

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He who does not see the four noble truths, he who does not understand the three characteristics and has not grounded himself in the Uncreate, has still a long path to traverse by repeated births through the desert of ignorance with its mirages of illusion and through the morass of wrong

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When man dies, the body is dissolved into its elements; but the spirit is not entombed! It leads a higher mode of life in which all the relative terms like 'father', 'son', 'wife', 'mother' are at an end... just as a guest who leaves his lodging has done with it, as though it were a thing of the past. So, the world is afflicted with death and decay; therefore the wise do not grieve… knowing the terms of the world

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