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    Dhammapad Vol5



    The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 5


    Talks given from 11/10/79 am to 20/10/79 am
    English Discourse series
    10 Chapters
    Year published: 1990


    The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 5
    Chapter #1
    Chapter title: The world is on fire
    11 October 1979 am in Buddha Hall


    THE WORLD IS ON FIRE:
    AND ARE YOU LAUGHING?
    YOU ARE DEEP IN THE DARK.
    WILL YOU NOT ASK FOR LIGHT?
    FOR BEHOLD YOUR BODY --
    A PAINTED PUPPET, A TOY,
    JOINTED AND SICK AND FULL OF FALSE IMAGINATIONS,
    A SHADOW THAT SHIFTS AND FADES.
    HOW FRAIL IT IS!
    FRAIL AND PESTILENT,
    IT SICKENS, FESTERS AND DIES.
    LIKE EVERY LIVING THING
    IN THE END IT SICKENS AND DIES.
    BEHOLD THESE WHITENED BONES,
    THE HOLLOW SHELLS AND HUSKS OF A DYING SUMMER.
    AND ARE YOU LAUGHING?
    YOU ARE A HOUSE OF BONES,
    FLESH AND BLOOD FOR PLASTER.
    PRIDE LIVES IN YOU,
    AND HYPOCRISY, DECAY AND DEATH.
    THE GLORIOUS CHARIOTS OF KINGS SHATTER.
    SO ALSO THE BODY TURNS TO DUST.
    BUT THE SPIRIT OF PURITY IS CHANGELESS
    AND SO THE PURE INSTRUCT THE PURE.

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