Book read: Sutta Nipata: The Words of Buddha
When times are tough, this book provides solace. Even after 2,600 years, the words of Buddha continue to soothe our hearts. In particular, my favorite is in the “The Lesser Chapter” – “4. True Blessings”
– Not associating with fools but associating with the wise and honoring those worthy of honor.
– Living in a suitable place, previously having performed meritorious deeds, and setting oneself on the right path.
– Proficiency in knowledge, skill, self-control, and well-spoken words.
– Serving parents, cherishing one’s spouse and children, and maintaining a balanced livelihood.
– Giving, acting in accordance with the Dharma, and caring for relatives, refraining from unwholesome actions.
– Abandoning evil, abstaining from intoxicants, and not neglecting virtuous conduct.
– Reverence, humility, contentment, and gratitude, and hearing the Dharma at the right times.
– Patient endurance, gentleness in speech, visiting those who live a life of renunciation, and discussing the Dharma.
– Cultivating virtue, performing pure deeds, and perceiving the ultimate truth, attaining Nirvana.
– Even when involved in worldly matters, remaining unshaken, free from worry, untarnished, and serene.
By practicing these, one will not be defeated in any endeavor and will attain happiness in all things.