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An Enlightened One is a rare find.

From the Catukka Nipata Pali

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.

  1. The one who indulges in sense desires and commits wrong deeds goes with the stream.
  2. He who lives the pure, decent life, goes against the stream.
  3. He who stands properly firm throughout life is to be reborn in the divine realm.
  4. Who has gone to the other shore and stands on dry land there, is the one who has realized for himself, in this very life, the liberation and hidden knowledge. [Cf. Buddha (CNP 5)]

Four right efforts:

  1. One should put forth some effort to prevent evil, and prevent unwholesome states of mind from arising.
  2. One should put forth some effort to get rid of evil and unwholesome states of mind that are there (have arisen).
  3. Put forth much effort to arouse good, and also wholesome states of mind.
  4. Also put forth some effort to develop and bring to perfection the good and wholesome states of mind already there (already arisen). [Mod Buddha (CNP 13)

Four ways of dealing with questions:

  1. Some should be given direct answers.
  2. Others should be answered by way of analysing them.
  3. Some questions should be answered by counter-questions.
  4. And some questions should simply be put aside. [Buddha (CNP 42)
  5. [And keeping something (decision, issue, belief, etc. temporarily) unsettled (in suspense, unresolved) may work well, as opposed to arguing about it. Letting many things remain in suspense (unresolved, unsettled, etc.) "so far" is a feature of foundational research. It can also be derived very well from Buddha's famous Kalama Sutta. - T. K.]


A person's character may be found out thus:

  • His virtue can be known by a wise and intelligent person paying close attention after living together with him for a very long time.
  • His integrity can be known by a wise and intelligent person by having dealings with him, paying close attention over a long period of time.
  • His fortitude can be known by a wise and intelligent person by observing him with close attention in times of misfortune.
  • His wisdom can be judged by a wise and intelligent person when conversing with him on various subjects over a long period of time. [Buddha (CNP 192)



Buddha Thoughts

Most of these sayings and statements tie in with statements of Buddha in ancient records at Sri Lanka. There are links to further readings at the bottom of the page.

LoA 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:

  1. Hold on to your happiness and initiate and stay with sane deals and conditions, or else there will be unnecessary and uncalled for sufferings.
  2. Shield your happiness and fare well enough; many are marauders, and some may seek to tame you.
  3. Know your strong sides and favour yourself and your family throughout first - in apt, widening circles.
  4. Know who your friends are; they should be able to help or assist you in a pucker or three.
  5. Wisdom is required to filter a lot in life well so as to maximize fitness with developed skills, fair deals, sane pleasures, and joys of family living and so on - and to reduce what leads to suffering.

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)]

LoThe 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)]

LoThoughts 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]


  1. Keep true and get keen, and thus shield your strong sides and happiness by evolving the family of fit and fair deals, and which is wholesome, for example.
  2. Favour fragrant deeds that grow and speak well, sweet as honey.
  3. Truth and pleasantness are hard to go against for long, for doing so implies getting "out of shape" some way or other, and may well lead to mental distress (bad conscience) and insanity.
IN NUCEA good decision: Keep fragrantly true and "speak blossoms".


Buddha sayings of Catukka Nipata Pali, Duka Nipata Pali, Ekaka Nipata Pali, and Tika, Literature  

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.

Pali Canon collections:

AN - Anguttara Nikaya (Collection of Discourses arranged according to numbers)

DN - Digha Nikaya (Collection of Long Discourses)

MN - Majjhima Nikaya (Collection of Middle-Length Discourses)

SN - Samyutta Nikaya (Collection of Kindred Sayings)


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