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All experience is preceded by mind, led by mind, made by mind.Speak or act with a corrupted mind, And suffering followsAs the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox.All experience is preceded by mind, Led by mind, Made by mind.Speak or act with a peaceful mind, And happiness followsLike a never-departing shadow.

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By oneself is evil done; by oneself one is in- jured. Do not do evil, and suffering will not come. Everyone has the choice to be pure or impure. No one can purify another

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Before trying to guide others, be your own guide first. It is hard to learn to guide oneself.

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Not to commit any sin, to do good, and to purify one's mind, that is the teaching of (all) the Awakened

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You yourself must make an effort. The Tathagatas (Buddhas) are only preachers. The thoughtful who enter the way are freed from the bondage of Mara.

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From Earliest Buddhist scriptures ---> "Both formerly and now, I've never been a nihilist (vinayika), never been one who teaches the annihilation of a being, rather taught only the source of suffering, and its ending"

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The one scriptural passage where Gotama is asked by a layperson what the meaning of anatta is as follows: [Samyutta Nikaya 3.196] At one time in Savatthi, the venerable Radha seated himself and asked of the Blessed Lord Buddha: "Anatta, anatta I hear said venerable. What pray tell does Anatta mean?" "Just this Radha, form is not the Soul (anatta), sensations are not the Soul (anatta), perceptions are not the Soul (anatta), assemblages are not the Soul (anatta), consciousness is not the Soul (anatta). Seeing thusly, this is the end of birth, the Brahman life has been fulfilled, what must be done has been done.

What has Buddhism to say of the Self? "That's not my Self" (na me so atta); this, and the term "non Self-ishness" (anatta) predicated of the world and all "things" (sabbe dhamma anatta; Identical with the Brahmanical "of those who are mortal, there is no Self/Soul", (anatma hi martyah, [SB., II. 2. 2. 3]). [KN J-1441] "The Soul is the refuge that I have gone unto". For anatta is not said of the Self/Soul but what it is not. There is never a `doctrine of no-Soul', but a doctrine of what the Soul is not (form is anatta, feelings are anatta, etc.)

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For fear of causing terror to living beings ... let the Bodhisatva who is disciplining himself to attain compassion refrain from eating flesh !

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Bhikkhus, when ignorance is abandoned and true knowledge has arisen in a bhikkhu, then with the fading away of ignorance and the arising of true knowledge he no longer clings to sensual pleasures, no longer clings to views, no longer clings to rules and observances, no longer clings to a doctrine of self.11 When he does not cling, he is not agitated. When he is not agitated, he personally attains Nibbana. He understands: 'Birth is destroyed, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more coming to any state of being

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In the Sumbha country in the town of Sedaka the Buddha once said:


"I shall protect myself," in that way the foundations of mindfulness should be practiced. "I shall protect others," in that way the foundations of mindfulness should be practiced. Protecting oneself one protects others; protecting others one protects oneself. And how does one, in protecting oneself, protect others? By the repeated and frequent practice of meditation. And how does one, in protecting others, protect oneself? By patience and forbearance, by a non-violent and harmless life, by loving-kindness and compassion. "I shall protect myself," in that way the foundations of mindfulness should be practiced. "I shall protect others," in that way the foundations of mindfulness should be practiced. Protecting oneself, one protects others; protecting others, one protects oneself

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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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Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.

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The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words

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Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy

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The Four Noble Truths

The Path to the End of Suffering # 4

The path to end suffering is known as the Noble Eightfold Path. It is also known as the Middle Way.

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The Four Noble Truths

The End of Suffering # 3

To end suffering, one must cut off greed , ignorance and desire . This means changing one's views and living in a more natural and peaceful way. It is like blowing out a candle. The flame of suffering is put out for good. Buddhists call the state in which all suffering is ended Nirvana. Nirvana is an everlasting state of great joy and peace. The Buddha said, "The extinction of desire is Nirvana." This is the ultimate goal in Buddhism. Everyone can realize it with the help of the Buddha's teachings. It can be experienced in this very life.

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The Four Noble Truths

The Cause of Suffering # 2

The Buddha explained that people live in a sea of suffering because of desire , ignorance and greed or attachment. They are ignorant of the law of karma and are greedy for the wrong kind of pleasures. They do things that are harmful to their bodies and peace of mind, so they cannot be satisfied or enjoy life.

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The Four Noble Truths:

Suffering # 1

Birth - When we are born, we cry.
Sickness - When we are sick, we are miserable.
Old age - When old, we will have aches and pains and find it hard to get around.
Death - We feel deep sorrow when someone dies and most fear our own death.

Other things we suffer from are:
- Being with those we dislike,
- Being apart from those we love,
- Not getting what we want.
- Getting what we want and then worrying about losing it is also suffering

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The Four Noble Truths
1. There is Suffering - Suffering is common to all.
2. Cause of Suffering - We are the cause of our suffering.
3. End of Suffering - Stop doing what causes suffering.
4. Path to end Suffering - Everyone can be enlightened.

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* Dependent on ignorance (avijjā), reactions (saṅkhārā) arise,
* dependent on reactions, consciousness (viññāṇa) arises,
* dependent on consciousness, mind and body (nāma-rūpa) arise,
* dependent on mind and body, the six sense doors (saḷāyatana) arise,
* dependent on the six sense doors, contact (phassa) arises,
* dependent on contact, sensation (vedanā) arises,
* dependent on sensation, craving (taṇhā) arises,
* dependent on craving, clinging (upādāna) arises,
* dependent on clinging, becoming (bhava) arises,
* dependent on becoming, birth (jāti) arises,
* dependent on birth, decay and death (jarā, maraṇa) arise.

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Rightly understanding the perils of this process, realising fully ‘craving’ as its cause, becoming free from the past accumulations, and not creating new ones in the future, one should mindfully lead the life of detachment."18 One whose craving is uprooted finds his mind has become serene, and achieves a state where there is no becoming at all. This is the state of nibbāna, freedom from suffering

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With ignorance and craving as our companions, we have been flowing in the stream of repeated existences from time immemorial. We come into existence and experience various types of miseries, die, and are reborn again and again without putting an end to this unbroken process of becoming."17 The Buddha said that this is saṃsāra

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Law of Conditionality...

Conditioned by Ignorance, Activities arise.

Conditioned by Activities, Consciousness arises.

Conditioned by Consciousness, mentality and corporeality arises.

Conditioned by Mentality and Corporeality, the six faculties arise.

Conditioned by the six faculties, contact arises.

Conditioned by contact, sensation arises.

Conditioned by Sensation, craving arises.

Conditioned by craving, grasping arises.

Conditioned by grasping, becoming arises.

Conditioned by becoming, rebirth arises.

Conditioned by re-rebirth , old age and death arise.


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Law of Conditionality...
When this exists, that exists.
When this arises, that arises.
When this is not, that is not.
When this ceases, that ceases.

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