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Buddhism for Everyone with JoAnn Fox

Oct 20, 2019

The teachings of Buddha show us how to develop habits of happiness and peace. By practicing mindfulness we can train our mind and become anyway we want. No matter how confused, lonely, anxious or angry we are habitually, we can change. In this episode, we look at a verse that distill all of Buddha's teaching into three practices:

Do no harm

Practice what’s skillful

Purify your mind 

The great Tibetan Buddhist Master Je Tsongkhapa, explains how to practice mindfulness, "examine your physical, verbal, and mental actions all day and all night. By this means, you will put an end to miserable rebirths. However, if at the outset you are not versed in the classifications of cause and effect, understanding only a fragment of their depth and having a lax attitude with your physical, verbal, and mental actions, then you are merely throwing open the door to the miserable realms."

It is difficult to be born a human; 

Difficult is the life of mortals; 

It is difficult to hear the true Dharma; 

Difficult is the arising of buddhas. (182) 


Doing no harm, 

Practice what’s skillful, 

Purify one’s mind: 

This is the teaching of the buddhas.

--Buddha, The Dhammapada


Buddha. The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom. Translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. Buddhist Publication Society Kandy, 1985. pp. 48.


Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Je Tsongkhapa, Volume 1. Translated by the Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and Guy Newlan, Editor, pop. 210-245.