All Experience is Preceded by Mind

Read and reflect on these verses from the Dhammaphada over the next week or so. You may want to choose a particular time of day to do the reading – perhaps on waking in the morning or before sleep. You may want to post the reading in a spot where you are likely to encounter it throughout the day – on the fridge or bathroom mirror, as a screen saver on your computer or phone. Notice any effects of doing this practice and, if you’d like, keep some journal notes on what you notice.

All experience is preceded by mind,

led by mind, made by mind.

Speak or act with a corrupted mind

And suffering follows

As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox.

All experience is preceded by mind,

led by mind, made by mind.

Speak or act with a peaceful mind

And happiness follows

Like a never departing shadow.

He abused me, attacked me, defeated me, robbed me.

For those carrying on like this hatred does not end.

She abused me, attacked me, defeated me robbed me.

For those not carrying on like this hatred ends.

Hatred never ends through hatred.

By nonhate alone does it end.

This is an ancient truth.

Many do not realize that we here must die.

For those who realize this

Quarrels end.              

Dhammapada vv. 1-6; Gil Fronsdal, trans., The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic, with Annotations, Boston: Shambhala, 2005, pp. 1-2.