The opening verses set the path

The Dhamapada opens with a couple of verses that are really quite profound. I have read them, I frequently re-read them and I find myself pondering the depth of the reality to which they point. In one book that I read, the author quoted these two verses as an example of what karma is all about, when you think about them this is true, but this understanding of karma is very different than the pop culture ideas which are misleading and unhelpful.

The translation below is of verses 1 & 2 of the Dhammapada, taken from the new translation by Gil Fronsdal.

All experience is preceded by mind,

Led by mind,

Made by mind.

Speak or act

with a corrupted mind,

and suffering follows,

as the wagon wheeel follows the hoof of the ox.

 

All experience is preceded by mind,

Led by mind,

Made by mind.

Speak or act with a peaceful mind, and happiness follows,

Like a never-departing shadow.

The big question is what things facilitate a peaceful mind?

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