Gautama Buddha

(563 BCE - 483 BCE / Lumbini / Indian Sub. (today in Nepal))

Pleasure


Whoever gives oneself to distractions
and does not give oneself to meditation,
forgetting true purpose and grasping at pleasure,
will eventually envy the one who practices meditation.

Let no one cling to what is pleasant or unpleasant.
Not to see what is pleasant is painful,
as it is to see what is unpleasant.
Therefore do not become attached to anything;
loss of what is loved is painful.
Those who have neither likes nor dislikes have no chains.

From pleasure comes grief; from pleasure comes fear.
Whoever is free from pleasure knows neither grief nor fear.

From attachment comes grief; from attachment comes fear.
Whoever is free from attachment knows neither grief nor fear.

From greed comes grief; from greed comes fear.
Whoever is free from greed knows neither grief nor fear.

From lust comes grief; from lust comes fear.
Whoever is free from lust knows neither grief nor fear.

From craving comes grief; from craving comes fear.
Whoever is free from craving knows neither grief nor fear.

Whoever has virtue and insight,
who is just, truthful, and does one's own work,
the world will love.

The one in whom a desire for the ineffable has arisen,
whose mind is satisfied
and whose thoughts are free from desires
is called one who ascends the stream.

Family, friends, and well-wishers welcome a person
who has been away long and returns safely from afar.
Similarly, one's good actions receive the good person
who has gone from this world to the other,
as family receive a friend who is returning.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Pleasure by Gautama Buddha )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. When you know God, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  2. A Hymn, Sir Henry Wotton
  3. Raja Ravi Varma, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  4. Psalm CIV, Sir Henry Wotton
  5. Friendship, Afshan Fatima
  6. Shaking Off The Finger Tip, Is It Poetry
  7. Golden Glow, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  8. A Prayer, Nicholas Breton
  9. Invective: The Hate Of Treason, Nicholas Breton
  10. Goodbye Elias, Tony Adah

Poem of the Day

poet John Clare

I love to see the old heath's withered brake
Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling,
While the old heron from the lonely lake
Starts slow and flaps its melancholy wing,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Grace Paley

 

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. A Fairy Song, William Shakespeare
  8. Emmonsail's Heath in Winter, John Clare
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]