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Vicissitudes of Life


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Loss and gain, disrepute and fame,
Praise and blame, pleasure and pain –
These things are transient in human life,
Inconstant and bound to change.
The mindful wise one discerns them well,
Observant of their alterations.
Pleasant things do not stir his mind
And those unpleasant do not annoy him.
Eliminated and abolished.
Aware now of the stainless, griefless state,
He fully knows, having gone beyond.

Extract From Book: Numerical Discourses of the Buddha.
An Anthology of the Suttas from the Aήottara Nikāya

Translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera & Bhikku Bodhi

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