From Striving Comes Wisdom

From striving comes wisdom;
from not, wisdom’s end.

Knowing these two courses
β€” development and decline β€”

conduct yourself
so that wisdom will grow.

– Verse from the Dhammapada.

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Buddhaghosa on Anger

“By [getting angry] you are like a man who wants to hit another and picks up a burning ember or excrement in his hand and so first burns himself or makes himself stink”

Venerable Buddhaghosa, Visuddhimagga IX-23 (written in 5th Century AD). 

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Pain and suffering

“When you get hurt, say, by an arrow, that is pain. The arrow hitting your arm, it hurts. Pain. However, there is a second arrow, which is your reaction to the arrow, the getting angry, the planning revenge, that is beyond pain, that is suffering.”

– Old Buddhist saying, based on teachings in the Sallatha Sutta.

Serving a purpose

My own motto is, “Make yourself as good as possible, and everything else will have to follow along in being good.” If you don’t neglect yourself for the sake of external things, you’ll have to be good. So you shouldn’t neglect yourself. Develop your inner worth to your own satisfaction.

The world says, “Don’t worry about whether you’re good or bad, as long as you have money.” This is just the opposite of the Dhamma, which says, “Don’t worry about whether you’re rich or poor, as long as you’re a good person.”

– Ajahn Lee, Thai Forest Tradition.