Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Wisdom of Buddha - Pt. 1

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.

The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.

As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.


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