1. There is none in the world…

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    Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth. ~Buddha, The Dhammapada

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    They blame those who remain silent, they blame those speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed. ~Buddha, The Dhammapada

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  2. Know the sweet joy of living

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    There is no fire like greed,
    No crime like hatred.
    No sorrow like separation,
    No sickness like hunger of heart,
    And no joy like the joy of freedom.
    Health, contentment and trust
    Are your greatest possessions,
    And freedom your greatest joy.
    Look within, be still
    Free from fear and attachment,
    Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

    ~Dhammapada

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  3. The Holy One

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    Cut off the stream energetically, holy one;
    leave desires behind.
    Knowing the destruction of all that is created,
    you know the uncreated, holy one.
    When the holy one has reached the other shore
    in meditation and contemplation,
    all bonds vanish for the one who knows.

    For the one I call holy
    there is neither this shore nor that shore nor both,
    who is free from fear and free from shackles.
    The one I call holy is thoughtful, detached, settled,
    accomplished, desireless, and has attained the highest goal.

    The sun shines by day; the moon lights up the night;
    the warriors shine in their armor;
    the holy one shines in meditation;
    but the awakened shines radiantly all day and night.

    Because a person has put aside wrong, one is called holy.
    Because one lives serenely, one is called an ascetic.
    Because one gets rid of impurities, one is called a pilgrim.

    No one should hurt a holy one,
    but no holy one should strike back.
    Woe to the one who hurts a holy one;
    more woe to the one who strikes back.

    It is no small gain to a holy one
    if one holds one’s mind back from the pleasures of life.
    The sooner the wish to injure disappears,
    the sooner all suffering will stop.
    The one I call holy does not hurt by body, speech, or mind,
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  4. Yourself

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    Love yourself and watch –
    Today, tomorrow, always.

    First establish yourself in the way,
    Then teach,
    And so defeat sorrow.

    To straighten the crooked
    You must first be a harder thing –
    Straighten yourself.

    You are the only master.
    Who else?
    Subdue yourself,
    And discover your master.

    Willfully you have fed
    Your own mischief.
    Soon it will crush you.

    By your own folly
    You will be brought as low
    As your worst enemy wishes.
    So the creeper chokes the tree.

    How hard it is to serve yourself,
    How easy to lose yourself
    In mischief and folly.

    The kashta reed dies when it bears fruit.
    So the fool,
    Scorning the teachings of the awakened,
    Spurning those who follow the law,
    Perishes when his folly flowers.

    Mischief is yours.
    Sorrow is yours.
    But virtue is also yours,
    And purity.

    You are the source
    Of all purity and impurity.

    No one purifies another.

    Never neglect your work
    For another’s,
    However great his need.

    Your work is to discover your work
    And then with all your heart
    To give yourself to it.

    ~The Dhamapada

     

  5. Fragrance of virtue travels against the wind

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    The perfume of sandalwood,
    Rosebay or jasmine
    Cannot travel against the wind.

    But the fragrance of virtue
    Travels even against the wind,
    As far as the ends of the world.

    Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers,
    Fashion from your life as many good deeds.

    ~The Dhammapada

  6. Be a Master

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    Master your senses,
    What you taste and smell,
    What you see, what you hear.

    In all things be a master
    Of what you do and say and think.
    Be free.

    Are you quiet?
    Quieten your body.
    Quieten your mind.

    By your own efforts
    Waken yourself, watch yourself,
    And live joyfully.

    Follow the truth of the way.
    Reflect upon it.
    Make it your own.
    Live it.
    It will always sustain you.

    ~The Dhammapada

     

  7. Conquer with generosity

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    Conquer the angry man by love.
    Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
    Conquer the miser with generosity.
    Conquer the liar with truth.

    ~Buddha, The Dhammapada

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