Here are further sayings attributed to Buddha (563?–483? BC) in the oldest records of his teachings. "Suffering can be ended," he taught, and "Right livelihood favours contemplation", as specified in the synergetic Eightfold Path of right thoughts, deeds, skilful living, and so on.
Found in the world:
(1) He who goes with the stream; (2) he who goes against the stream; (3) he who stands firm; and (4) he who has crossed over to the other shore and stands on dry land.
Four right efforts:
Four ways of dealing with questions:
A person's character may be found out thus:
A fully enlightened one is true from inside out too
Someone who understands the Four Noble Truths correctly has a keen mind. [Buddha (TNP 25)]
The cat let out: Here are some very important points in the art of living on an even keel:
Unless or until we stay on the sunny side of life as we are called to, there may be suffering, degradations set in - and at a certain point abandonment of things may be a way out - but a reduction from a fully flowering life-course may come only at a price. So stick to your good sides and good things - including fine equipment - to be able to develop finer sides of life and yourself. The latter is sought through getting skilful by and large and skilfulness in contemplation (dhyana). And steer away from reductionistic living to your ability. To be sure, Buddha advocates almost all of these things too, as it was recorded a long time ago. There are quotations that attest to that.
Associating with a good person; hearing the fit ways of man, Dharma; maintaining a right attitude of mind; and leading a proper life in tune with the Dharma are conducive to the growth of wisdom. [Cf. Buddha (CNP 248)] ◇
All conditioned formations are subject to possible suffering. [Buddha (TNP 137)]
The fully enlightened one is the highest among all living beings. [Buddha. CNP]
Greed, hatred and ignorance all give rise to actions. Wherever the actions ripen, there the individual reaps the fruits of those actions (karmas). [Buddha (TNP 38)]
When you know personally that certain things are wrong, unwholesome, bad, then give them up; when you know personally that certain things are right, wholesome, good, then accept them, and adhere to them." [Buddha (TNP 66)]
Give food wherever you feel for it and it is OK to do so. [Cf. Buddha (CNP 57)]
The teaching is that fragrant deeds profit you, if not here and now, then later somewhere, sometime
A MOTHER cannot shield her son from old age, disease and death; nor can the son shield his mother from them. [Buddha (TNP 63)]
You may go on till you prosper and grow in wealth - and advance in the spiritual work (sadhana) too. [Cf. Buddha (TNP 19)]
Evil, previous deeds form effects. [Cf. Buddha (CNP 182)]
Three kinds of individuals in the world: One speaks words reeking with foul smell; one speaks words of fragrance; and one speaks words sweet as honey. [Buddha (TNP 28)] ◇
A contemplative should pay equal attention to concentration, energetic effort and equanimity, and not exclusively to one of these factors only. [Buddha (TNP 103)]
Thoughts of this world, in this world, don't reach to Buddha's mind or mystery - that is taught
AMONG what is unconditioned, Nirvana is the highest to reach. [With Buddha. CNP]
A grateful and thankful person is rare in this world. [Buddha (TNP 115)]
To hold that there is pleasantness (sukha) in that which is foul, is due to distortions. [Buddha (CNP 49)]
The fool can be known by his conduct, speech, and thoughts - and so can the wise man. [Buddha (TNP 3)]
To stay together for long, try to have the same faith, the same virtue, the same generosity and the same wisdom, and blend well. [Cf. Buddha, (CNP 55-56)]
GREAT IMPONDERABLES are not to be pondered on; for it could lead to mental distress and even insanity in some cases. [Cf. Buddha (CNP 77)] ✪
One should not hinder proper alms-giving. [Cf. Buddha TNP]
Decay, illness and death may be hard to aver.*
As a Tathagata [Awakened One] speaks, so he acts; as he acts, so he speaks. [Buddha (CNP 23)]
Someone who can expound the Teaching and Discipline as taught by Buddha is rare in this world. [Buddha TNP]
Catukka Nipata Pali (CNP) (Book of the Four), in Anguttara-Nikaya:
Duka Nipata Pali (DNP) (Book of the Two):
Ekaka Nipata Pali (ENP) (Book of the Ones), in Anguttara-Nikaya.
Tika Nipata Pali (TNP) in Anguttara Nikaya.
Anguttara Nikaya is a source of Buddhist psychology and moral. It is a collection of discourses that reveals Dharma theory and practice. The collection contains 9,557 short suttas divided into eleven divisions known as nipatas. Each nipata is divided into groups called vaggas which usually contain ten suttas.
The discourses are arranged in progressive numerical order, each nipata containing suttas with items of dharma, beginning with one item and moving up by units of one till there are eleven items of dharma in each sutta of the last nipata. Hence the name Anguttara, which means 'increasing by one item'.
The chapter "Etadagga Vagga" of Ekaka Nipata enumerates names of notable disciples, such as the Venerable Sariputta in Intuitive Wisdom and Knowledge (Panna); the Venerable Maha Moggallana in supernormal powers (Iddhi); Bhikkhuni Khema in Panna (Wisdom), Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna in Iddhi (powers); and so on.
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