Reflecting

On each Full Moon day a Dhammapada verse along with a short reflection is sent out via email. If you wish to receive these messages directly, feel free to subscribe here.

Various translations in non-English languages are also available.

Note, the verses used in these Full Moon Reflections are taken from, ‘A Dhammapada for Contemplation’, Aruna Publications. For more literal interpretations we encourage you to view other translations.

ACCUMULATING BLESSING: full moon - 22nd May, 2024

“Blessed is the arising of a Buddha;
blessed is the revealing of the Dhamma;
blessed is the concord of the Sangha;
delightful is harmonious communion.”

DHAMMAPADA v. 194

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FEELING FEAR, FULLY: full moon - 23rd April, 2024

"Whoever has cut all that tethers
and found fearlessness,
who is beyond attachments
and defilements,
I recognise as a great being."

DHAMMAPADA v. 397

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PRAISE and BLAME: full moon - 24th March, 2024

"There never was,
nor will there be,
nor is there now,
anyone is is only blamed
or wholly praised."

DHAMMAPADA v. 228

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SEEKING FREEDOM FROM FEAR: full moon - 24th February, 2024

"To many places beings withdraw
to escape from fear:
to mountains, forests,
parklands and gardens;
sacred places as well.
But none of these places
offer true refuge,
none of them can free us from fear."

DHAMMAPADA v 188-9

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EMBRACING DILEMMAS: full moon - 25th January, 2024

"Silence does not denote profundity
if you are unaware and untrained.
Like one holding scales,
a sage weighs things up,
wholesome and unwholesome,
and comes to know
both the inner and outer worlds.
Therefore the sage is called wise."

DHAMMAPADA v. 268-9

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