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T he wise are controlled in bodily action, controlled in speech and controlled in thought. They are truly well-controlled.

Buddhism Quote n°7845 | 
v.234, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


P eople hold dear him who embodies virtue and insight, who is principled, has realized the truth, and who himself does what he ought to be doing.

Buddhism Quote n°7844 | 
v.217, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


M ara36 never finds the path of the truly virtuous, who abide in heedfulness and are freed by perfect knowledge.

Buddhism Quote n°7843 | 
v.57, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 
36 Mara : The demon that tempted Sakyamuni Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women, etc. (? : ??????????????????)


B ut whoever is purged of depravity, well-established in virtues and filled with self-control and truthfulness, he indeed is worthy of the yellow robe.

Buddhism Quote n°7842 | 
v.10, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


T aking the three refuges, keeping the various precepts and refraining from breaking the rules of conduct.

Buddhism Quote n°7841 | 
Translated by Hisao Inagaki. 


B y relying on these precepts, you will give rise to all dhyana concentrations35, and reach the wisdom of the cessation of suffering.

Buddhism Quote n°7840 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
35 Meditative concentrations.


H e guarded well his verbal karmas and did not ridicule others’ faults. He guarded well his bodily karmas and did not transgress any precept or codes of behavior. He guarded well his mental karmas and kept himself pure and uncontaminated.

Buddhism Quote n°7839 | 
Translated by Pure Land Translation Team. 


C ollecting one’s thoughts constitutes the precepts; from the precepts comes Samadhi; and from Samadhi arises wisdom. These are called the Three Non-Outflow Studies34.

Buddhism Quote n°7838 | 
Book 6, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
34 Threefold Learning.


H ow should this Sutra be explained for others? By not grasping at appearances and being in unmoving thusness.

Buddhism Quote n°7837 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


A Bodhisattva who gives with a mind that does not rely on dharmas is like a person with eyes who can see all kinds of things in the bright sunlight.

Buddhism Quote n°7836 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


A Bodhisattva who gives with a mind relying on dharmas is like a person in the dark who sees nothing at all.

Buddhism Quote n°7835 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


I f a Bodhisattva does not rely on appearances when giving, his blessings and virtues are inconceivable and immeasurable.

Buddhism Quote n°7834 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


A s to Dharmas, a Bodhisattva should not rely on anything when giving. That is to say, when giving, he should neither rely on forms, nor sounds, smells, tastes, tangible objects or dharmas. Subhuti, a Bodhisattva should give thus: he should not rely on appearances.

Buddhism Quote n°7833 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


T hey perform the six acts of accord and respect33, and always provide others with the gift of the Dharma.

Buddhism Quote n°7832 | 
Translated by Hisao Inagaki. 
33 Six Principles of Harmony.


S triking Dharma - drums and hoisting Dharma-banners, they cause the sun of wisdom to shine forth and dissipate the darkness of ignorance.

Buddhism Quote n°7831 | 
Translated by Hisao Inagaki. 


I 32 will open the Dharma-store for the multitudes and endow them all with treasures of merit. Being always among the multitudes, I will proclaim the Dharma with the lion’s roar.

Buddhism Quote n°7830 | 
Translated by Hisao Inagaki. 
32 “I” here refers to Dharmastore Bhikkhu, one of Amitabha Buddha’s past lives.


W ith singleness of heart they seek the Dharma tirelessly. Always desiring to expound the doctrine, they never grow weary.

Buddhism Quote n°7829 | 
Translated by Hisao Inagaki. 


F ields are spoiled by weeds; people, by passion. So what’s given to those free of passion bears great fruit.

Buddhism Quote n°7828 | 
v.356, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


B odhisattvas practice giving. They treat friend and foe alike. They do not harbor grudges or despise amoral people.

Buddhism Quote n°7827 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


T houghts of flattery are contradictory to the Way. Therefore you should have a straightforward disposition of mind.

Buddhism Quote n°7826 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


I f thoughts of arrogance arise you should quickly destroy them, because arrogance and pride are not appropriate even among the customs of lay people, how much the less for a person who has left the home-life and entered the Way.

Buddhism Quote n°7825 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


T hose who have shame have good dharmas; one without it is no different from the birds and beasts.

Buddhism Quote n°7824 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


O vercome the angry by nonanger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.

Buddhism Quote n°7823 | 
v.223, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


I f you want to attain the happiness of still tranquility, you only need to eliminate the error of frivolous debate.

Buddhism Quote n°7822 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


I f you indulge in all sorts of idle discussions, your mind will be scattered and even though you have left the home-life, you will not attain liberation.

Buddhism Quote n°7821 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


R eceive peoples’ offerings to put an end to distress, but do not seek to obtain too much and spoil their good hearts.

Buddhism Quote n°7820 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


A ll of you Bhikshus! You should accept various kinds of food and drink as if you were taking medicine. Whether they be good or bad, do not take more or less of them, but use them to cure hunger and thirst and to maintain the body.

Buddhism Quote n°7819 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


T hose who are discontent are always dragged along by their fve sense organs, and are pitied by those who are content.

Buddhism Quote n°7818 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


P eople who are content, although they might sleep on the ground, are peaceful and happy. Those who are not content, although they might abide in the heavens, are still dissatisfed.

Buddhism Quote n°7817 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


T he dharma of contentment is the dwelling of blessings, happiness, and peace.

Buddhism Quote n°7816 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


O ur minds are never satisfied or content with just enough. The more we obtain, the more we want. Thus we create offenses and perform evil deeds. Bodhisattvas don’t wish to make these mistakes. Instead, they choose to be content. They nurture the Way, living a quiet life in humble surroundings-their sole occupation, cultivating wisdom.

Buddhism Quote n°7815 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


T hose who harbor little desire will have a peaceful mind free of worry or fear. They are always satisfied and never in want of anything.

Buddhism Quote n°7814 | 
Translated by Pure Voices. Hong Kong. 


T hose who have little desire do not ?atter in order to get what they want from others, and will not be dominated by the sense organs and succumb to temptation of sensory pleasure.

Buddhism Quote n°7813 | 
Translated by Pure Voices. Hong Kong. 


T oo much desire brings pain. Death and rebirth are wearisome ordeals, originating from our thoughts of greed and lust. By lessening desires we can realize absolute truth and enjoy peace, freedom, and health in body and mind.

Buddhism Quote n°7812 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


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 Quote n°7811 | 
Translated by Pure Voices. Hong Kong. 


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 Quote n°7810 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


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 Quote n°7809 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


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 Quote n°7808 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


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

Buddhism Quote n°7807 | 
Translated by Pure Voices. Hong Kong. 


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. Don’t they fear they will be overpowered by emotion, love, and sex? Despite being in danger under a tiger’s 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 Quote n°7806 | 
Translated by Pure Voices. Hong Kong. 


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 Quote n°7805 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


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 Quote n°7804 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


W hen you teach people of the world to cultivate Samadhi, they must first of all cut off the mind of sexual desire. This is the first clear and decisive instruction on purity given by the Tathagatas, the Buddhas of the past, the Bhagavans.

Buddhism Quote n°7803 | 
Book 6, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


I t is because beings are impeded by transitory defilements and afflictions that they do not realize Bodhi31 or become Arhats.

Buddhism Quote n°7802 | 
Book 1, translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
31 Perfect Enlightenment.


T hose whose minds have reached full excellence in the factors of enlightenment, who, having renounced acquisitiveness, rejoice in not clinging to things — rid of cankers, glowing with wisdom, they have attained Nibbana in this very life.

Buddhism Quote n°7801 | 
v.88, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


F ew among men are those who cross to the farther shore. The rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank. But those who act according to the perfectly taught Dhamma30 will cross the realm of Death, so difficult to cross.

Buddhism Quote n°7800 | 
vv.85, 86, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 
30 Dhamma: Or Dharma, the truth taught by the Buddha.(?:???????)


E asy to do are things that are bad and harmful to oneself. But exceedingly difcult to do are things that are good and benefcial.

Buddhism Quote n°7799 | 
v.163, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


H e is indeed virtuous, wise, and righteous who neither for his own sake nor for the sake of another (does any wrong), who does not crave for sons, wealth, or kingdom, and does not desire success by unjust means.

Buddhism Quote n°7798 | 
v.84, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. 


I f you delight in crowds, you will undergo much affliction. It is like when a flock of birds gathers in a great tree, the tree is in danger of collapsing.

Buddhism Quote n°7797 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


S eek quietude, unconditioned peace, and happiness. You should be apar t from confusion and disturbances, and dwell alone in seclusion. People who dwell in quietude are revered by the heavenly ruler Shakra and all the gods. For this reason you should leave your own group and other groups; dwell alone in seclusion and contemplate the root of suffering’s end.

Buddhism Quote n°7796 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 


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