- Petals of Wisdom: Thoughts for
Thich Nu Chan Nguyen
1. Of slight
account, monks, is the loss of such things as relatives. Miserable indeed among losses is
the loss of wisdom. (The Book of the Gradual
Sayings I, p. 10).
slight account, monks, is the increase of such things as relatives. Chief of all the
increases is that of wisdom. (The Book of the
Gradual Sayings I, p. 10).
there is one perdon whose birth into the worth is for the welfare of many folk, for the
happiness of many folk: who is born out of compassion for the world, for the profit,
welfare and happiness of devas and mankind.
that one person? It is a Tathagata who is Arahant, a fully
enlightened One. This, monks, is that one person. (The
Book of the Gradual Sayings I, pp. 14-15).
- The friend whos ever seeking
what to take,
- The friend whose words are other than
- The friend who flatters, pleasing you
- The boon companion down the errant
- These four are foes. Thus having
- Let the wise man avoid them from afar
- As they were path of peril and of
- (Dialogues of the Buddha III. p. 178)
- The friend who is a helpmate, and the
- Of bright days and of dark, and he who
- What it is you need, and he who throbs
- With sympathy: - these four the wise
- As friends, and should devote himself
- As mother to her own, her bosoms
- To him amassing wealth, like roving
- Its honey gathering [and hurting
- Riches mount up as ant-heap growing
- When the good layman wealth has so
- Able is he to benefit his clan.
- In portion four let him divide that
- So binds he to himself lifes
- One portion let him spend and taste
- His business to conduct let him take
- And portion four let him reserve and
- So therell be wherewithal in
times of need.
- (Dialogues of the Buddha II. pp. 179-180)
- Who follows mean companions soon
- He never fails who with his equals
- Who leans towards the noble rises
- So do thou serve a better than
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings I, p. 108).
- Giving and harmlessness and
- Control of sense and servece to the
- And holy ones who live the righteous
- If any one be wise to do these things
- By good men favoured, he, an Ariyan
- Clear-sighted, will attain the world
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings I, p. 135f).
- Just as a mountain, all of solid rock,
- Stands in a forest, in a mighty grove,
- And neath its shelter grow the
- So in this world, dependent on their
- A virtuous believer, wife and
- Kinsmen and friends and relatives, who
- Supported by that clan-head, grow
- When they behold that good mans
- His virtue and the righteous life he
- If they have wits, they follows his
- So in this life treading with
- The path that leads unto the Happy
- In the Heaven World they win the bliss
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings I, p. 136).
- Whoso is wise and confident,
- Of learning deep, a Dhamma-bearer,
- And lives accordantly therewith,-
- Light of the Order such is
- The virtuous monk, the learned nun,
- The layman and laywoman staunch,
- These four illuminate the Order.
- Lights of the Order they
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 9).
- Mother and father and the Enlightmened
- Tathagata, and those who follow him,
- Whoso entreateth ill stores up much
- For such ill deeds to parents, in this
- The sages blame that man, and in the
- That follows to the place of woe he
- Mother and father and the Enlightened
- Tathagata, and those who follow him,
- Whoso entreateth well stores up much
- For such good deeds to parents, in
- The sages praise that man, and
- In the world of heaven he wins
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 4)
- Who praiseth him who should be blamed,
- Or blameth who should praised be,
- He by his lips stores up ill-luck
- And by that ill-luck wins no bliss.
- Small is the ill-luck of a man
- Who gambling loseth all his wealth.
- Greater by far thill-luck of him
- Who, losing all and losing self,
- Gainst the Well-fares fouls his mind.
- Whoso reviles the Worthy Ones,
- In speech and thought designing ill,
- For an hundred thousand periods,
- For six and thirty, with five more
- Such periods, to Purgatorys
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 4).
- Bound by the bond of passions and
- Bound by the bond of view, by
- Circled about, to birth and death
- Creatures go faring on samsaras round.
- But they who, passions fully
- Have learned becomings bond and
have thrown off
- The bond of view and ignorance
- Freed from all bonds have surely bonds
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 12f).
- Contented with what brings no blame,
- A trifling, easy-gotten thing,
- His mind untroubled by the thought
- Of lodging, robes, or food and drink,
- He is not worried where to go.
- And thus the things declared to suit
- The life of the recluse are won
- By that contented, earnest monk.
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 30).
- Not covetous, with heart of malice
- A man should dwell, with concentrated
- With mind one-poined, in the self
- (The Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 32).
- Of those who have faith at its best
- Who comprehend best Dhamma
- Of those who have faith in the Buddha,
- Of those who have faith in Dhamma,
- Passionless, calming, blissful:
- Of those who have faith in the Order,
- The field of merit supreme:
- Of those who give gifts of their best
- Best is their life and beauty,
- Fame, good report, bliss, strength.
- The sage who gives of his best,
- In best of dhammas calmed,
- Winning the best rejoiceth.
Book of the Gradual Sayings II, p. 39f).