“‘As I am, so are they; as they are, so am I.’ Comparing others with oneself, do not kill nor cause others to kill.”

"‘As I am, so are they; as they are, so am I.’ Comparing others with oneself, do not kill nor cause others to kill."—The Buddha.

“‘As I am, so are they; as they are, so am I.’ Comparing others with oneself, do not kill nor cause others to kill.”—The Buddha.

This is a genuine quote from the Buddhist scriptures. It’s from the Sutta Nipata.

“‘As I am, so are they; as they are, so am I.’ Comparing others with oneself, do not kill nor cause others to kill.” Click To Tweet

“Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.” The Buddha

This striking verse is found in the Magandiya Suta in the Sutta Nipata, which is generally held to be one of the oldest texts in the Pali canon.

Bhikkhu Thanissaro translates this as:

“Those who grasp at perceptions and views
go about butting their heads in the world.”

Fausböll, a 19th century pioneer translator, has:

“But those who grasped after marks and philosophical views, they wander about in the world annoying people.”

Suttas.net has:

“Those attached to the notion ‘I am’ and to views
Roam the world offending people.”

The translator notes that “I am” is not in the quotation, but that its inclusion is warranted by material nearby.

The original Pali is:

Saññaca diṭṭhiñca ye aggahesuṃ
Te ghaṭṭayantā vicaranti loketi.

My rendition would be:

Those who cling to perceptions (saññā) and views (diṭṭhi)
Wander (vicarati) the world offending (ghaṭṭeti) people.

[Added later: Bhikkhu Varado’s translation, which I just discovered, is almost identical to mine: “Those attached to perception and views / roam the world offending people.”]

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“Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.” The Buddha

This is a genuine Buddha quote, from the Dhammapada:

Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.

“Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.” The Buddha Click To Tweet

“Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, upon hearing which one attains peace.”—The Buddha

“Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, upon hearing which one attains peace.”—The Buddha

This is a genuine quote from the Buddhist scriptures. It’s from the Dhammapada, verse 100.

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“Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.”

This is a genuine quote from the Buddhist scriptures. It’s from the Sutta Nipata.

“Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.”

“Speak only endearing speech ... Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.” —Buddha Click To Tweet

“See them, floundering in their sense of mine, like fish in the puddles of a dried-up stream — and, seeing this, live with no mine, not forming attachment for states of becoming.” The Buddha

This is a genuine quote from the Buddhist scriptures. It’s from the Sutta Nipata.

“See them, floundering in their sense of mine, like fish in the puddles of a dried-up stream — and, seeing this, live with no mine, not forming attachment to experiences.”
—The Buddha

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“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” The Buddha

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” The Buddha (From the Sutta Nipata)

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” The Buddha Click To Tweet

“If they are neither traceable in the Discourses nor verifiable by the Discipline, one must conclude thus: ‘Certainly, this is not the Blessed One’s utterance’“ The Buddha

Without approval and without scorn, but carefully studying the sentences word by word, one should trace them in the Discourses and verify them by the Discipline. If they are neither traceable in the Discourses nor verifiable by the Discipline, one must conclude thus: ‘Certainly, this is not the Blessed One’s utterance; this has been misunderstood by that bhikkhu — or by that community, or by those elders, or by that elder.’ In that way, bhikkhus, you should reject it.

This is from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

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