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Dhammapada
14 Buddha Vagga
The Buddha (179-196)

Yassa jitaṃ nāvajīyati,
Jitaṃ yassa noyāti koci loke;
Taṃ bud­dhama­nan­ta­gocaraṃ,
Apadaṃ kena padena nessatha.

179. The Buddha’s victory over defilements cannot be undone. Nothing in the world follows him to challenge it. The Buddha’s field of knowledge is limitless. Defilement-free is his path. By what track can you trace such a trackless Buddha?

Yassa jālinī visattikā,
Taṇhā natthi kuhiñci netave;
Taṃ bud­dhama­nan­ta­gocaraṃ,
Apadaṃ kena padena nessatha.

180. Craving is like a net; it wraps beings up in existence. That craving no longer exists in the Buddha. Therefore, there is no way that one can tempt the Buddha towards existence. The Buddha’s field of knowledge is limitless. Defilement-free is his path. By what track can you trace such a trackless Buddha?

Ye jhānapasutā dhīrā,
nekkham­mū­pasame ratā;
Devāpi tesaṃ pihayanti,
sambuddhānaṃ satīmataṃ.

181. The Buddhas are wise and devoted to meditation and delight in the peace of renunciation. Such mindful ones, the Buddhas, even the gods hold dear.

Kiccho ­manus­sa­paṭi­lābho,
kicchaṃ maccāna jīvitaṃ;
Kicchaṃ saddham­mas­savanaṃ,
kiccho ­buddhā­na­mup­pādo.

182. It is difficult to be born as human. Difficult is the life of beings. It is difficult to gain the opportunity to hear the true Dhamma. Rare is the appearance of the Buddhas.

Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā;
Sacitta­pari­yo­dapa­naṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.

183. To avoid all evil, to cultivate wholesome qualities, and to cleanse one’s mind—this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

Khantī paramaṃ tapo titikkhā,
Nibbānaṃ paramaṃ vadanti buddhā;
Na hi pabbajito parūpaghātī,
Na samaṇo hoti paraṃ viheṭhayanto.

184. Patience is the highest virtue. The Buddhas say that Nibbāna is supreme. One who destroys others is no monk; one who harms others is no monk.

Anūpavādo anūpaghāto,
Pātimokkhe ca saṃvaro;
Mattaññutā ca bhattasmiṃ,
Pantañca sayanāsanaṃ;
Adhicitte ca āyogo,
Etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.

185. Not disparaging others, not destroying lives, practicing restraint by the monastic rules, moderation in food, dwelling in far away secluded forest monasteries, and devotion to meditation—this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

Na ­kahā­paṇa­vas­sena,
titti kāmesu vijjati;
Appassādā dukhā kāmā,
iti viññāya paṇḍito.

186. Not even with a shower of gold coins would a person find satisfaction in sense pleasures. They only give little gratification but much suffering. The wise person understands this reality.

Api dibbesu kāmesu,
ratiṃ so nādhigacchati;
Taṇ­hak­kha­ya­rato hoti,
sammā­sambud­dha­sāvako.

187. The disciple of the fully enlightened Buddha finds no delight even in heavenly pleasures. He delights in the destruction of craving, Nibbāna.

Bahuṃ ve saraṇaṃ yanti,
pabbatāni vanāni ca;
Ārāma­rukkha­cet­yāni,
manussā bhayatajjitā.

188. People threatened by fear go to many refuges: to mountains, forests, parks, trees, and shrines.

Netaṃ kho saraṇaṃ khemaṃ,
netaṃ saraṇamuttamaṃ;
Netaṃ saraṇamāgamma,
sabbadukkhā pamuccati.

189. Going for refuge to mountains, forest, parks, trees, and shrines is never a secure refuge; none of these is a supreme refuge. By going to such a refuge, one is not released from all suffering.

Yo ca buddhañca dhammañca,
saṅghañca saraṇaṃ gato;
Cattāri ariyasaccāni,
sammappaññāya passati.

190. If one has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the teaching of the Buddha, and the disciples of the Buddha, he will realize with developed wisdom the Four Noble Truths.

Dukkhaṃ duk­kha­sa­muppādaṃ,

dukkhassa ca atikkamaṃ;

Ariyaṃ caṭṭhaṅgikaṃ maggaṃ,

duk­khū­pasa­ma­gā­minaṃ.

191. The Four Noble Truths are suffering, the arising of suffering, the overcoming of suffering, and the Eightfold Path leading to the ending of suffering.

Etaṃ kho saraṇaṃ khemaṃ,
etaṃ saraṇamuttamaṃ;
Etaṃ saraṇamāgamma,
sabbadukkhā pamuccati.

192. Going for refuge to the Buddha, the teachings of the Buddha, and the disciples of the Buddha is the secure refuge; this is the supreme refuge. By going to this refuge, one is released from all suffering.

Dullabho purisājañño,
na so sabbattha jāyati;
Yattha so jāyati dhīro,
taṃ kulaṃ sukhamedhati.

193. The birth of the best of men, the Buddha is very rare; such a person is not born everywhere. Where such a wise hero is born, that entire clan flourishes in happiness.

Sukho ­buddhā­na­mup­pādo,
sukhā saddham­ma­desanā;
Sukhā saṅghassa sāmaggī,
samaggānaṃ tapo sukho.

194. To see the Buddhas is happiness. The hearing of the true Dhamma is happiness. The harmony of the disciples of the Buddha is happiness. The diligent Dhamma practice of those in harmony is happiness.

Pūjārahe pūjayato,
buddhe yadi va sāvake;
Papañ­ca­sa­matik­kante,
tiṇṇa­soka­parid­dave.
Te tādise pūjayato,
nibbute akutobhaye;
Na sakkā puññaṃ saṅkhātuṃ,
imettamapi kenaci.

195-196. He who offers gifts to those worthy of offerings, the Buddha or his disciples who have transcended obsessive thinking, passed beyond sorrow and lamentation. The merit of those who venerate such peaceful and fearless ones can never be calculated by any measure.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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Dhammapada 14 Buddha Vagga: The Buddha (179-196)

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