Dhammapada

I. An Ancient Truth
All experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind,
Made by mind,

Speak or act with a peaceful mind,
And happiness follows
Like a never-departing shadow.

“He abused me, attacked me,
Defeated me, robbed me!"
For those carrying on like this,
Hatred does not end.

“She abused me, attacked me,
Defeated me, robbed me!"
For those not carrying on like this,
Hatred ends.

Hatred never ends through hatred.
By non-hate alone does it end.
This is an ancient truth.

Many do not realize that
We must die.
For those who realize this,
Quarrels end.

II. Violence
All tremble at violence;
All fear death.
Seeing others as being like yourself,
Do not kill or cause others to kill.

All tremble at violence;
Life is dear for all.
Seeing others as being like yourself,
Do not kill or cause others to kill.

III. No Happiness Higher Than Peace

Victory gives birth to hate;
The defeated sleep in anguish.
Giving up both victory and defeat,
Those who have attained peace sleep happily.

There is no fire like lust,
No misfortune like hate,
No suffering like the aggregates,
And no happiness higher than peace.

Tasting the flavor
Of solitude and peace,
One becomes free of distress and evil,
Drinking the flavor of Dhamma joy.

- The Buddha, trans. Gil Fronsdal

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