Everyone Sucks Some Of The Time

Dear Readers,

I found this great quotation from the Dhammapada recently and just wanted to share.

228. There never was, there never will be, nor is there now, a person who is wholly blamed or wholly praised.

229. But the man whom the wise praise, after observing him day after day, is one of flawless character, wise, and endowed with knowledge and virtue.

230. Who can blame such a one, as worthy as a coin of refined gold? Even the gods praise him; by Brahma, too, is he praised.

Everyone has a bad day (or several), but if one can maintain a wholesome character, the ups and downs of life won’t make a difference. Just like the story of the Zen master Hakuin who was blamed for fathering a child out of wedlock.  Hakuin was unfazed by the criticism and such, but in the end, his good character and blameless conduct proved itself.

Don’t let the criticism get you down.  Everyone gets blamed or criticized at least some of the time.  Just focus on how you conduct your life.  🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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