Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby vanquisher91 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:53 am

lojong1 wrote:MN 1: The monks did not delight in the Blessed One's words.


Wow...thats like finding a needle in a haystack. Good job! :thumbsup:
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:04 pm

The following taken from MN 86 PTS: M ii 97
Angulimala Sutta: About Angulimala


Irrigators guide the water.[6]
Fletchers shape the arrow shaft.
Carpenters shape the wood.
The wise control
themselves.

Some tame with a blunt stick,
with hooks, & with whips
But without blunt or bladed weapons
I was tamed by the one who is Such.

"Doer of No Harm" is my name,
but I used to be a doer of harm.
Today I am true to my name,
for I harm no one at all.

A bandit
I used to be,
renowned as Angulimala.
Swept along by a great flood,
I went to the Buddha as refuge.

Bloody-handed
I used to be,
renowned as Angulimala.
See my going for refuge!
Uprooted is [craving],
the guide to becoming.

Having done the type of kamma
that would lead to many
bad destinations,
touched by the fruit of [that] kamma,
unindebted, I eat my food. [7]

They're addicted to heedlessness[8]
— dullards, fools —
while one who is wise
cherishes heedfulness
as his highest wealth.

Don't give way to heedlessness[9]
or to intimacy
with sensual delight —
for a heedful person,
absorbed in jhana,
attains an abundant bliss.

This[10] has come well & not gone away,
it was not badly thought through for me.
From among well-analyzed qualities,
I have obtained
the best.

This has come well & not gone away,
it was not badly thought through for me.
The three knowledges
have been attained;
the Buddha's bidding,
done.


source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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