April 14, 2016

Gautama Buddha on Thinking


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.


If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him,
as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.


If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him,
like a shadow that never leaves him.


— Gautama Buddha,
Dhammapada, v. 1
Translation by F. Max Müller

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