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Dhammapada verse meaning

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Dhammapada verse meaning

Postby Amata » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:58 pm

Chapter 5, verse 62 of the Dhammapada:
'These children belong to me, and this wealth belongs to me,' with such thoughts a fool is tormented. They themselves do not belong to themselves; how much less children and wealth?

I was wondering who, it is generally thought, the Buddha was thinking that they themselves belong to?

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Re: Dhammapada verse meaning

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:36 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Dhammapada verse meaning

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:38 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Dhammapada verse meaning

Postby SDC » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:42 pm

It's me pointing at your post saying that I agree with it

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Re: Dhammapada verse meaning

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:40 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Dhammapada verse meaning

Postby sarahypp » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:53 pm

Very nice verse from the Dhammapada, thank you for sharing.

It does reflect our strong sense of self that we always identify things as 'mine' lol..

Can anyone share with us on the antidote to this? How does one lessen one's possessiveness?


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