Selection from THE DHAMMAPADA (A collection of 423 verses containing the Buddha’s essential teachings)

What we are today comes from Our thoughts of yesterday, And our present thoughts Build our life of tomorrow; Our life is a creation of our mind, If a man speaks or acts with a pure mind, Joy follows him as his own shadow.

Invisible and subtle is the mind, And it flies after fancies wherever it likes; But let the wise man guard well his mind, For a mind well guarded is a source of great joy.

Those who make channels for water Control the waters; Makers of arrows make the arrows straight; Carpenters control their timber; And the wise control their own minds.

Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, The wise man is not shaken by praise Or by blame.

Better than a hundred years lived in ignorance, Without contemplation, Is one single day of life lived in wisdom And in deep contemplation.

Better than a hundred years lived in idleness And in weakness Is a single day lived with courage And powerful striving

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