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The Sutra in Forty-Two Sections

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A n evil person who harms a sage is like one who raises his head and spits at heaven. Instead of reaching heaven, the spittle falls back on him. It is the same with someone who throws dust against the wind. Instead of going somewhere else, the dust returns to defile his own body. The sage can not be harmed. Misdeeds will inevitably destroy the doer.




Buddhism 7935 | 
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I f a person has many offenses and does not repent of them, but cuts off all thought of repentance, the offenses will engulf him, just as water returning to the sea will gradually become deeper and wider. If a person has offenses and, realizing they are wrong, reforms and does good, the offenses will dissolve by themselves, just as a sick person who begins to perspire will gradually be cured.




Buddhism 7910 | 
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Y ou should be mindful of the four elements within the body. Though each has a name, none of them is the self. Since they are not the self, they are like an illusion.




Buddhism 7896 | 
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T hose who see the Way are like someone holding a torch who enters a dark room, dispelling the darkness so that only light remains. When you study the Way and see the truth, ignorance vanishes and light remains forever.




Buddhism 7889 | 
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P atience under insult is the greatest strength, because people who are patient do not harbor hatred, and they gradually grow more peaceful and strong. Patient people, since they are not evil, will surely gain the respect of others.




Buddhism 7858 | 
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W hen an evil person hears about your goodness and intentionally comes to cause trouble, you should restrain yourself and not become angry or blame him. Then the one who has come to do evil will do evil to himself.




Buddhism 7857 | 
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M y disciples may be several thousand miles away from me, but if they remember my moral precepts, they will certainly attain the fruition of the Way. If those who are by my side do not follow my moral precepts, they may see me constantly, but in the end they will not attain the Way.




Buddhism 7848 | 
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G reed and desires cause people to worry and worry leads to fear. If you rid yourself of desire, what is there to worry or fear about?




Buddhism 7811 | 
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D esire is born from your intentions. Intentions are born from thoughts. When both aspects of the mind are still, there is neither form nor activity.




Buddhism 7810 | 
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B e careful not to believe your own mind; your mind is not to be believed. Be careful not to get involved with sex; involvement with sex leads to disaster. After you have attained Arhatship, you can believe your own mind.




Buddhism 7809 | 
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P eople who cherish love and desire do not see the Way. Just as when you stir clear water with your hand, those who stand beside it cannot see their re?ections, so, too, people who are entangled in love and desire have turbidity in their minds, and therefore they cannot see the Way. You Shramanas should cast aside love and desire. When the stains of love and desire disappear, you will be able to see the Way.




Buddhism 7808 | 
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A person harbouring greed and desire is like holding a torch walking against the wind; he is bound to burn his hand.




Buddhism 7807 | 
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P eople are bound to their families and homes to an extent that is worse than being confined by a prison. There will be a day when a prisoner is set free, but people will never think of leaving their families. Dont they fear they will be overpowered by emotion, love, and sex? Despite being in danger under a tigers jaws, their hearts are blissfully oblivious as if they are throwing themselves into a swamp and drown, therefore, they are known as ordinary people. If one can pass through this gateway to rid of afiction, one will become an Arhat!




Buddhism 7806 | 
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P eople are unable to renounce wealth and sex. They are just like a child who cannot resist honey on the blade of a knife. Even though the amount is not even enough for a single meal serving, he will lick it and risk cutting his tongue in the process.




Buddhism 7805 | 
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P eople who cultivate the Way are like dry grass: it is essential to keep it away from an oncoming fire. People who cultivate the Way look upon desire as something they must stay far away from.




Buddhism 7804 | 
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T he Buddha asked a Shramana, How long is the human life span? He replied, few days. The Buddha said, You have not yet understood th e Way. He asked another Shramana, How long is the human life span? The reply was, the space of a meal. The Buddha said, You have not yet understood the Way.He asked another Shramana, How long is the human life span? He replied, the length of a single breath. The Buddha said, Excellent. You have understood the Way.




Buddhism 7791 | 
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D eep learning and a love of the Way make the Way difficult to attain. When you guard your mind and revere the Way, the Way is truly great!




Buddhism 7790 | 
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O ne who practices the Way is like an ox pulling a heavy load through deep mud. The ox is so extremely exhausted that it dares not glance to the left or right. Only when it gets out of the mud can it rest. The Shramana should regard emotion and desire as being worse than deep mud; and with an undeviating mind, he should be mindful of the Way. Then he can avoid suffering.




Buddhism 7789 | 
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S tudents of the Buddha Way should believe in and accord with everything that the Buddha teaches. When you eat honey, it is sweet on the surface and sweet in the center; it is the same with my sutras.




Buddhism 7788 | 
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S hramanas who study the Way must make their minds resolute and be vigorous, courageous, and valiant. Not fearing what lies ahead, they should defeat the hordes of demons and obtain the fruition of the Way.




Buddhism 7787 | 
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A Shramana29 asked the Buddha, What is goodness? What is the foremost greatness? The Buddha said, To practice the Way and uphold the truth is goodness. To unite your will with the Way is greatness.




Buddhism 7786 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
29 Shramana: Renunciate ascetic; here it means Buddhist monk.( ??:?????,????????)

   


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