c. 3rd Century B.C.

Collection of Ancient Buddhist Poems and Aphorisms, Collection of 400 verses attributed to the Buddha. Best Known Book in Pali Buddhist Canon "Way of Truth"

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A fool associating himself with a wise man all his life sees not the truth, just as the spoon does not enjoy the taste of the soup.

Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

Earnestness is the path of immortality,
thoughtlessness the path of death.
Those who are in earnest do not die,
those who are thoughtless are as if dead already.

The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And 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 shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.

• Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
Better than a hundred hollow lines
Is one line of the law, bringing peace.

Those who consider the inessential to be essential
And see the essential as inessential Don't reach the essential,
Living in the field of wrong intention.

If, as you travel, you meet
None better than yourself, or equal,
You should steadfastly travel alone.
There's no companionship with fools.

A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.

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

You are what you think. All that you are arises from your thoughts. With your thoughts you make your world.

The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Many do not realize that we here must die. For those who realize this, quarrels end.

Now may every living thing, young or old,
weak or strong, living near or far, known or
unknown, living or departed or yet unborn,
may every living thing be full of bliss.

We are what we think, having become what we thought.

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

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.

Life is as good and as bad as it seems. There is no need to add anything extra.

If there is no wound in your hand
You can carry poison in your hand.
Poison does not attack one who is unwounded.
There is no evil for one who does not do evil.

From the dear comes grief;
From the dear comes fear.
If you're freed from the dear
You'll have no grief, let alone fear.

There's a mess inside you:
You clean the outside.

Better than a thousand sayings
Made up of useless words
Is one word of meaning
Which calms you to hear it.

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c. 3rd Century B.C.

Collection of Ancient Buddhist Poems and Aphorisms, Collection of 400 verses attributed to the Buddha. Best Known Book in Pali Buddhist Canon "Way of Truth"