THE SAYINGS OF THE BUDDHA

 

He who is meditative, stainless and secluded;  who has done his duty and is free from corruptions; and  who has attained the enlightenment, is a man of Holy Life.

There is no place in the world — neither the sky, the sea, nor in mountain — where a wrong-doer can hide; where one can escape the inevitability of death.

Those who do not find their way to a higher life, or who failed to attain true happiness during their youth, look back with regret in their old age; like large old wading birds beside a dried pond.

Act virtuously, act righteously; one who follows this path lives happily.

Perceive all phenomena as bubbles; perceive all phenomena as dreams; and perceive all phenomena as illusions.  If you see through this truth you learn about the preciousness of human life and the power of awakening mind, heart and energy.

Whoever overcomes his bad deeds with good deeds, illuminates the world, like the Moon emerging from a cloud.

There is blindness all around; only very few can see.  Many are like birds trapped in a net; only few escape and achieve liberation.

Rare is the opportunity to hear the Dharma; even more rare is the appearance of a Buddha.

A supreme being is hard to find.  He is not born in many places.  But whereever he is born, the family of such a wise prospers.

A woman behaving badly loses her femininity; a giver sharing unwillingly loses her generosity; and deeds done with bad intention remain tainted.

But, there is nothing more tainted than ignorance.  Eliminate ignorance, and purity follows.

He who controls his thoughts with mindfulness well-established; and who wanders from place to place making great effort in preaching my teachings, is a man of Holy Life.

He who has cut off all fetters; who trembles not; who has gone beyond all ties; and who is unbound, is a man of Holy Life.

He who has cut the strap (hatred), the thong (craving), and the rope (heresies), together with the appendages (latent tendencies); who has thrown up the cross-bar (ignorance); and who is enlightened, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is patient and  calm, endures criticism and punishment, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is not wrathful, but is dutiful, virtuous, free from craving, self-controlled and bears his final body is a man of Holy Life.

He who has transcended both good and bad and the ties as well; and who is free from fears and suffering with an unpolluted mind, is a man of Holy Life.

Like water on a lotus leave, like a mustard seed on the point of a needle; he who clings not to sensual pleasures, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is wise and  knowledgeable in my teachings; who is loving-kindness and free from hate and ill-will; and who has attained the enlightenment, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is detached either from householders or the homeless ones; who preaches my teachings without a fixed dwelling place; and who is without desires, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is friendly among the hostile; who is peaceful among the violence; and who is unattached among the attached, is a man of Holy Life.

He whose lust, hatred, pride and jealousy  are fallen off like a mustard seed from the point of a needle, is a man of Holy Life.

He who utters gentle, positive, fruitful and true words; and who by his speech gives no offence, is a man of Holy Life.

He who has no desires, whether pertaining to this world or to the next; and who is without craving and is liberated from fear, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is spotless as the moon; who is pure, serene and carefree; and who has eliminated craving and greed, is a man of Holy Life.

He who has discarded human ties and transcended celestial ties; and is completely delivered from all ties, is a man of Holy Life.

He who has given up likes and dislikes; who is cooled and is without defilements; and who has conquered himself; and who is diligent and mindful, is a man of Holy Life.

He who has no clinging to aggregates that are past, future, or present; and who is without attachment and grasping, is a man of Holy Life.

He who is fearless, noble, wise, pure, non-attached and enlightened, is a man of Holy Life.

He whose mind is full of loving-kindness; whose mind is well-developed, unbounded; and who is free from hate and ill-will, is a man of Holy Life.

He who attains the four boundless states: loving-kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity, is a man of Holy Life.

He who knows his past lives; who perceives heaven and hell; who has reached the end of births and has attained enlightenment, is a man of Holy Life.

(Spring Liao, 2/5/09)