7 Powerful Lessons From Buddha’s “Dhammapada” That Can Help Focus Your Mind

Rain cannot penetrate a house that is well-thatched.

Peter Burns
Oct 30, 2020 · 15 min read

Lesson 1: Everything Springs from Your Thoughts

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.

— Verse 1

Lesson 2: Conquering Yourself is the Hardest Battle

Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself.

Verse 103

By effort and heedfulness, discipline and self-mastery, let the wise one make of himself an island which no flood can overwhelm.

Verse 25

Those who only live for constant gratification have weak willpower and get overpowered by emotions easily.

A trained mind brings happiness.

Rain cannot penetrate a house that is well-thatched.

Lesson 3: Find What Truly Matters

Lesson 4: Meditation Can Help to Open Up Your Mind

He who is earnest and meditative, obtains ample joy.

— Verse 27

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Lesson 5: All Created Things Perish

Lesson 6: Don’t Let Hatred and Anger Overcome You

Those who try to get ahead by hurting others, will never be happy.

Lesson 7: Better Than A Thousand Hollow Words is One Word that Brings Peace

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”

— Verse 100

How I Apply the Wisdom of The “Dhammapada” in My Life

Better it is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years foolish and uncontrolled.”

— Verse 111

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Peter Burns

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Peter is extremely curious and wants to know how everything works. He blogs at Renaissance Man Journal (http://gainweightjournal.com/).

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Relaxed, inspiring essays about happiness.

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