Old ideas, sages long forgotten and wisdom that echoes throughout eternity.

My love for wisdom literature has been a life long habit and this ‘The Tipitaka (Pali ti, “three,” + pitaka, “baskets”), or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The Tipitaka and the paracanonical Pali texts(commentaries, chronicles, etc.) together constitute the complete body of classical Theravada texts’

I enjoy reading and often like to have three books on the go. One will be laborious, one easy to read and the last one devotional. Recently, thanks to my new iPad Pro and a great app, I have access to a few readings from The Tripitaka. Buddhism has thousands of texts apparently spoken by the Buddha. This accuracy, and transmission of an oral tradition in text is not a big issue.

‘If you’re interested in exploring the teachings of Theravada Buddhism, then the Pali canon β€” and the suttas it contains β€” is the place to turn for authoritative advice and support. You needn’t worry about whether or not the words in the suttas were actually uttered by the historical Buddha (no one can ever prove this either way). Just keep in mind that the teachings in the suttas have been practiced β€” with apparent success β€” by countless followers for some 2,600 years. If you want to know whether or not the teachings really work, then study the suttas and put their teachings into practice and find out firsthand, for yourself.’

Great example below that ring true for everyone in every generation.

76-77

Regard him as one who
points out
treasure,
the wise one who
seeing your faults
rebukes you.
Stay with this sort of sage.
For the one who stays
with a sage of this sort,
things get better,
not worse.
Let him admonish, instruct,
deflect you
away from poor manners.
To the good, he’s endearing;
to the bad, he’s not.

78

Don’t associate with bad friends.
Don’t associate with the low.
Associate with admirable friends.
Associate with the best.

79

Drinking the Dhamma,
refreshed by the Dhamma,
one sleeps at ease
with clear awareness & calm.
In the Dhamma revealed
by the noble ones,
the wise person
always delights.

80

Irrigators guide the water.
Fletchers shape the arrow shaft.
Carpenters shape the wood.
The wise control
themselves.

81

As a single slab of rock
won’t budge in the wind,
so the wise are not moved
by praise,
by blame.

82

Like a deep lake,
clear, unruffled, & calm:
so the wise become clear,
calm,
on hearing words of the Dhamma.

83

Everywhere, truly,
those of integrity
stand apart.
They, the good,
don’t chatter in hopes
of favor or gains.
When touched
now by pleasure,
now pain,
the wise give no sign
of high
or low.

84

One who wouldn’t β€”
not for his own sake
nor that of another β€”
hanker for
wealth,
a son,
a kingdom,
his own fulfillment,
by unrighteous means:
he is righteous, rich
in virtue,
discernment.

85-89

Few are the people
who reach the Far Shore.
These others
simply scurry along
this shore.
But those who practice Dhamma
in line with the well-taught Dhamma,
will cross over the realm of Death
so hard to transcend.
 Forsaking dark practices,
the wise person
should develop the bright,
having gone from home
to no-home
in seclusion, so hard to enjoy.
There he should wish for delight,
discarding sensuality β€”
he who has nothing.
He should cleanse himself β€” wise β€”
of what defiles the mind.
Whose minds are well-developed
in the factors of self-awakening,
who delight in non-clinging,
relinquishing grasping β€”
resplendent,
their effluents ended:
they, in the world,
are Unbound.
Dhp VI 
PTS: Dhp 76-89
Panditavagga: The Wise translated from the Pali by 
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Alternate translation: Buddharakkhita
Few are the people
who reach the Far Shore.
These others
simply scurry along
this shore.

On introspection, it provides many questions when we read this type of literature and the little section above is what spoke to me. What character of person do I want to be in my spiritual practice? Do I just want to be a person who understands the knowledge and only write about it on a philosophical level? Alternatively, am I a guy who practices walking the path with diligence and patience? Do I repeatedly get disappointed when others don’t consider my spiritual path, and offer criticism? Do I get upset when others on different paths take and use spiritual wisdom without giving credit to its real source?

In Australia from my experiences people have little interest in old spiritual practices. They appear to be more interested in current scientific developments, or the latest self help book. Of course I also love science and it amazes me, and the self help book can be great. Consequently, spiritual teachings often cultural are hard to understand, especially when place elsewhere they get overlooked. Eastern religious writings are different on so many points. Nevertheless, they speak to all people’s if they allow them to. I guess science offers a cure that are evaluated and proven. Where spiritual wisdom may take a lifetime to build and people would just say he or she is a lovely person. They would not recognise the person many years earlier who was drunk and angry, or full of anxiety and scared of people. Spiritual wisdom can change us in a day or a lifetime and according to the Buddhist traditions next lifetime.

It’s complicated life and the amount of information available today blows my brain. Nevertheless, if we listen to the sages of old we can still understand the gems on offer. Personally, it is is clear, I favour the Dharma which is the The Buddha’s teaching. Not forgetting I studied and read the protestant bible for two decades at least. I encourage anyone not to forget the old wisdoms and try for yourself. I have been practicing what Buddha encouraged and instructed. The best means to see if anything’s got any truth is to try it for yourself.

Panna – Using Wisdom;
One of my favourite quotes:)
He lives his life with wisdom and acts with reason: he does not react impulsively to incidents he encounters or get carried away by temptation; he studies things to know them clearly and penetrate to their reason; he understands things as they really are, to ( realising) the highest truth.
P.A Payutto

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