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Buddhism for Everyone with JoAnn Fox

Jan 31, 2022

The 3 obstacles to effort


Attachment yo what is non-virtuous or meaningless



The toxins multiply 

For the insolent and negligent 

Who reject what they should do 

And do instead what they should not. 


But the toxins come to an end 

For those who are mindful and alert, 

Who are constantly well-engaged 

With mindfulness of the body, 

Who don’t resort to what they should not do 

But persist in doing what they should. (292–293)

—Buddha, The Dhammapada


References and Links


Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. (Kindle). Shambala, Boston and London, 2011, pp. 75-76 (Link)


Buddha (1986).The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories. Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A. (Website). Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon. Courtesy of For free distribution only, as a gift of dhamma.