Dhamnapada Critique

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Dhammapada Critique Our first assignment was to write a paper on the “Dhammapada” the teachings of Buddha. The Dhammapada clearly illustrates a set of moral ethics. In this ancient piece of literature the author utilizes several effective literary strategies, to promote a set of ethic morals. The author illustrates examples and analogies throughout the literature to demonstrate how well these ethics benefit an individual as a human being on our planet. I will be quoting each chapter individually in this report. Contrary Ways: All that we experience begins with thought. Our words and deeds spring from thought. If we speak or act with evil thoughts, unpleasant circumstances and experiences inevitably will be the result. Wherever we go, we create bad circumstances because we carry bad thoughts. All that we experience is out of our thoughts. If our thoughts are good, the words and the deeds will also be good. The result of good thoughts, words and deeds will be happiness. This happiness will never leave the person whose thoughts are good. Happiness will always follow, People who consider themselves to be victims or vengeful executioners’ generate their own pain. The solution for hatred is not revenge or spitefulness, kindness will always concur all. Always be grounded and live in reality for living through your imagination brings no rewards. People who are lazy and look to achieve their goals quick and easy will likewise easily be distracted and fail. Reality helps the dreams of true goals and therefore provides means to achieve and succeed. Watchfulness: Pay attention to what is going on in your life. People who go through life who go through life on “auto pilot” are missing life they are what the book refers to as the “walking dead” we know the difference between good and bad. If a person goes through life doing good deeds good things will come to

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