“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” The Buddha

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“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” The Buddha

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(From the Samyutta Nikaya)

“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.

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“Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.” The Buddha

This is a genuine quote from the Buddhist scriptures.

Just as with her own life
A mother shields from hurt
Her own son, her only child,
Let all-embracing thoughts
For all beings be yours.

“Just as with her own life A mother shields from hurt Her own son, her only child, Let all-embracing thoughts For all beings be yours.” The Buddha Click To Tweet

It’s from the Metta Sutta.

“Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.” The Buddha

“Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.” The Buddha (Dhammapada, verse 118)

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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

“Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”

From the Dhammapada:

“By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”
The Buddha

“Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”—The Buddha Click To Tweet