True Blessings (The Mangala Sutta)

Home Meditation texts True Blessings (The Mangala Sutta)

Non-association with fools,
And association with wise men,
Worship of respectworthy persons,
This is the highest blessing.

Living in a civilized land,
Having done good in the past,
To set oneself in the right course,
This is the highest blessing.

Great learning and skill at work,
And well-practiced moral observances,
Words which are well spoken,
This is the highest blessing.

Taking care of father and mother,
Caring for wife and children,
And acting without confusion,
This is the highest blessing.

Giving and Dhamma-faring,
The protection of relatives,
Faultless actions,
This is the highest blessing.

Complete abstention from evil,
And abstention from drinking,
And heedfulness in the doctrines,
This is the highest blessing.

Reverence and humility,
Contentment and gratitude,
Listening to the Dhamma at the proper time,
This is the highest blessing.

Patience and gentleness,
And the influence of holy people,
Discussion of Dhamma at the right time,
This is the highest blessing.

A mind unshaken
By the worldy winds,
Sorrowless, pure, and full of peace,
This is the highest blessing.

Those who act in this way
Are undefeated in all circumstance
And attain happiness everywhere,
These are the highest blessings.

Translated by Bodhipaksa

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sally coupal
June 15, 2014 10:57 pm

Enjoyed reading this at it was the subject of our last Dhamma talk

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