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Khuddaka Nikaya
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Dhammapada

A Translation

Translated from the Pali 

by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

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Dhammapada XIV

Awakened


179-180:

Whose conquest can't be undone,
whose conquest no one in the world
    can reach;
awakened, his pasture endless,
    pathless:
by what path will you lead him astray?

In whom there's no craving
-- the sticky ensnarer --
to lead him anywherever at all;
awakened, his pasture endless,
    pathless:
by what path will you lead him astray?


181:

They, the enlightened, intent on jhana,
delighting in stilling
& renunciation,
self-awakened & mindful:
    even the devas
    view them with envy.


182:

Hard     the winning of a human birth.
Hard     the life of mortals.
Hard     the chance to hear the true Dhamma.
Hard     the arising of Awakened Ones.


183-185*:

The non-doing     of any evil,
the performance     of what's skillful,
the cleansing     of one's own mind:
    this is the teaching
    of the Awakened.

Patient endurance:
    the foremost austerity.
Unbinding:
    the foremost,
    so say the Awakened.
He who injures another
is no contemplative.
He who mistreats another,
    no monk.

Not disparaging, not injuring,
restraint     in line with the Patimokkha,
moderation     in food,
dwelling         in seclusion,
commitment     to the heightened mind:
    this is the teaching
    of the Awakened.


186-187:

Not even if it rained gold coins
would we have our fill
of sensual pleasures.
    'Stressful,
    they give little enjoyment' --
knowing this, the wise one
    finds no delight
even in heavenly sensual pleasures.
He is one who delights
    in the ending of craving,
    a disciple of the Rightly
    Self-Awakened One.


188-192*:

They go to many a refuge,
    to mountains and forests,
    to park and tree shrines:
people threatened with danger.
That's not the secure refuge,
    not the supreme refuge,
that's not the refuge,
having gone to which,
    you gain release
    from all suffering & stress.

But when, having gone
to the Buddha, Dhamma,
& Sangha for refuge,
you see with right discernment
the four noble truths --
                        stress,
            the cause of stress,
    the transcending of stress,
& the noble eightfold path,
    the way to the stilling of stress:
that's the secure refuge,
that, the supreme refuge,
that is the refuge,
having gone to which,
    you gain release
    from all suffering & stress.


193:

It's hard to come by
    a thoroughbred of a man.
It's simply not true
    that he's born everywhere.
Wherever he's born, an enlightened one,
the family prospers,
        is happy.


194:

A blessing:     the arising of Awakened Ones.
A blessing:     the teaching of true Dhamma.
A blessing:     the concord of the Sangha.
The austerity of those in concord
        is a blessing.


195-196*:

If you worship those worthy of worship,
-- Awakened Ones or their disciples --
who've transcended
    complications,
    lamentation,
    & grief,
who are unendangered,
    fearless,
    unbound:
there's no measure for reckoning
that your merit's 'this much.'

 

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Khuddaka Nikaya contents:

Dhammapada | Therigatha Udana

Theragatha| Sutta Nipata | Itivuttaka

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