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Freedom
by Lynton Lynn Hanson


As translated from the ‘Dhammapada’, a collection of the sayings of the Buddha. The Dhammapada is the principle scripture of Buddhists of Sira Lanka and Southeast Asia.



Live in joy,
In love,
Even among those who hate.

L
ive in joy,
In health,
Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy,
In peace,
Even among the troubled.

Live in joy,
Without possessions,
Like the shinning ones.

The winner sows hatred
Because the loser suffers,
Let go of winning and losing
And find joy.

There is no fire like passion,
No crime like hatred,
No sorry like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
and no joy like the joy of freedom.

Health, contentment and trust
Are your greatest possessions,
And freedom your greatest joy.

Look within.
Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the joy of the way.

H
ow joyful to look upon the awakened
And to keep company with the wise.
How long the road to the one
Who travels with a fool.
But whoever follows those who follow the way
Discovers one’s family, and is filled with joy.

F
ollow then the shinning ones,
The wise, the awakened, the loving,
For they know how to work and forbear.

Follow them
As the moon follows the path of the stars.

End


During the Buddha’s ministry many came to study with the him. They would ask him, ‘What are you’, and not ‘Who are you’? Are you a god? Buddha answered, ‘No’. “Are you an angle’? ‘No.’ Are you a saint. Again the Buddha answered, ‘No’. Then what are you? The Buddha answered, ‘I am awake.’

T
he Buddha was given his name from his answer. Buddhism has it meaning in the Sanskrit root word of budh meaning to ‘awake and know’.

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