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“The Beautiful chariots of kings wear out,
This body too undergoes decay.
But the Dhamma of the good does not decay:
So the good proclaim along with the good.”
~the Buddha
SN 3:3

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“The Beautiful chariots of kings wear out,
This body too undergoes decay.
But the Dhamma of the good does not decay:
So the good proclaim along with the good.”
~the Buddha
SN 3:3

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Samyutta Nikaya 3:3
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 26



Household life is crowded and dusty; life gone forth is wide open… Suppose I shave off my hair and beard, put on the ochre robe, and go forth from the home life into homelessness.”
~the Buddha
MN 36

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Majjhima Nikaya 36
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 59.



“The Buddha’s message was simple but profound. Neither a life of self-indulgence nor one of self-mortification can bring happiness. Only a middle path, avoiding these two extremes, leads to peace of mind, wisdom, & complete liberation from the dissatisfactions of life.”

~Bhante Gunaratana
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

Bhante Gunaratana
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Wisdom Publications, Boston



“So too, monks, I saw the ancient path, the ancient road traveled by the Perfectly Enlightened Ones of the past. And what is that ancient path, that ancient road? It is just this Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.”
~ The Buddha
SN 12:65

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Samyuta Nikaya 12:65
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 69.



“Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering… in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.”
~ The Buddha
SN 56:11

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Samyuta Nikaya 56:11
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 76.



“When you know for yourselves, ‘These things are wholesome; these things are blameless; these things are praised by the wise; these things, if undertaken and practiced, lead to welfare and happiness,’ then you should engage in them.”
~ The Buddha
AN 3:65

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 3:65
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 90.



“Just as a line drawn on water with a stick will quickly vanish and will not last long; even so, brahmins, is human life like a line drawn on water. It is short, limited, and brief; it is full of suffering. One should do good and live a pure life; for none who is born can escape death.”
~ The Buddha
AN 7:70

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 7:70
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 206.



“These are the roots of trees, O monks, these are empty huts. Meditate, monks, do not be negligent, or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.”
~ The Buddha
AN 7:70

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 7:70
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 207.



“And what, monks, is that path, that way of attaining final Nibbana without clinging? It is this Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right concentration. This is the path, the way for the fading away of lust.”
~ The Buddha
SN 45:41-48

Samyuta Nikaya 45:41-48
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans., Wisdom 2005, p. 238.



“This is the entire spiritual life, Ananda, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship. When a monk has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path.”
~ The Buddha
SN 45:2

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Samyuta Nikaya 45:2
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 240.



“I do not perceive even one other thing, O monks, that when undeveloped and uncultivated entails such great suffering as the mind. The mind when undeveloped and uncultivated entails great suffering.”
~ The Buddha
AN 1: 9

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 1:9
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 267.



“I do not perceive even one other thing, O monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind. The mind when developed and cultivated entails great happiness.”
~ The Buddha
AN 1:9

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 1:9
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 267.



“There are, O monks, these four lights. What four? The light of the moon, the light of the sun, the light of fire, and the light of wisdom. Of these four lights, the light of wisdom is supreme.”
~ The Buddha
AN 4:143

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 4:143
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 321.



“There is, monks, an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned. If, monks, there were no unborn… no escape would be discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned. But because there is an unborn…, therefore an escape is discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned.”
~ The Buddha
Ud 8:3

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Udana 8:3
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 366.



“Happy indeed are the arahants! No craving can be found in them. Cut off is the conceit ‘I am,’ Burst asunder is delusion’s net.”
~ The Buddha
SN 22:76

Samyutta Nikaya 22:76
In the Buddha’s Wordss, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans., Wisdom 2005, p. 412.



“The Tathagatha… is the originator of the path unarisen before, the producer of the path unproduced before, the declarer of the path undeclared before. He is the knower of the path, the discoverer of the path, the one skilled in the path. And his disciplines now dwell following that path and become possessed of it afterwards.”
~ The Buddha
SN 22:58

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Samyutta Nikaya 22:58
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 412.



“Tamed, he is supreme among those who tame;
At peace, he is the sage among those who bring peace;
Freed, he is the chief of those who set free;
Delivered, he is the best of those who deliver.”
AN 4:23

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Anguttara Nikaya 4:23
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 423.



“Whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the liberation of mind by loving-kindness. The liberation of mind by loving-kindness surpasses them and shines forth, bright and brilliant.”
~ The Buddha
It 27

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Itivuttaka 27
In the Buddha’s Words, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 176.



“Beings are owners of their actions, heirs of their actions; they originate from their actions, are bound to their actions, have their actions as their refuge. It is action that distinguishes beings as inferior and superior.”
~ The Buddha
MN 135

Translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Majjhima Nikaya 135
In the Buddha’s Words
, Bhikkhu Bodhi (ed), Wisdom 2005, p. 166.



As a bee without harming the flower, its colour or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey, even so should the sage wander in the village.
~The Buddha
Dhammapada 4:6

Translator: Venerable Narada
Dhammapada chapter 4, verse 6.
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