Dhammapada Verse One: Mind Precedes All Things

Video #1 in my series on the Dhammapada, a set of verse teachings of the Buddha, including explanation of the Pali verse, a synopsis of the background story and application of the teaching to our practice.

Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā, manoseṭṭhā manomayā;

manasā ce paduṭṭhena, bhāsati vā karoti vā,
tato naṃ dukkhamanveti, cakkaṃva vahato padaṃ.

For more information the dhammapada:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/dpreface.htm

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Comments

25 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I found listening to the Dhammapada to be a a great way to connect to the
    wisdom within Buddhism. Sadhu Yuttadhamo is great to listen to. The First
    verse is probably the best, ” Mind Precedes All Things”, just knowing this
    and experiencing it we can begin to let go of our attachment to self. 

  2. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Incredible and well said, Bhante :)

  3. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU THERO, YOU PURIFY THE WORLD. */*

  4. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Check out this video on YouTube:

  5. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    +Jonathan Capiro He is a monk. This is what he does.

  6. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m very grateful to have found this series, so clear and accessible to
    “Westerners” such as myself. Your compassion shines bright in your
    teaching, I look forward to watching the entire series.

  7. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Wisdom within Buddhism

  8. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    dhammapada, what a wonderful phrase!!!

  9. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this with us all

  10. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Mind Precedes All Things.. true

  11. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    It is so peaceful to hear the Dhammapada read in Pali and you do a
    wonderful job of it. As I post this I see that you have recorded 41 verses
    thus far. If you can, please continue on with this pursuit as I do agree
    with what you stated at the beginning of this video; We are meant to give
    life to dharma and this is perhaps the best use of modern technology to do
    so. Thank you.

  12. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    @License2Bill Meditation not all about buddhism. Actually Buddhism is
    understanding of four noble truth. Forget about the stories start from
    here…

  13. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    A great explanation of the first verse.

  14. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    ”whenever we tell something that we have heard, we do it without proof”
    You can quote people. That doesn’t mean you agree with their premises. ”If
    we trust the person we heard it from, it seems reasonable to believe it.”
    ‘Reasonable’ perhaps but not an example of logical induction. ”Why doubt
    in the first place?” Intellectual honesty?

  15. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Or I think this analogy helped me to understand it which is as follows: If
    I were a soldier in a great battle holding an emplacement with a fellow
    soldier and was wounded and I knew their were no replacements and that this
    emplacement needed two men to hold it. I made a vow to hold it and not
    leave my brother to it himself which could cost his life or more then a
    medic came along and said we have to get you out of here or you’ll
    die.Choosing to stay is the right path,to think of something higher

  16. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful 🙂 Deepest regards, thank you

  17. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to absorb all this knowledge – thank you

  18. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    @amnesiac2482 Meditation helps deal with the mind, and to a certain extent,
    on a psycho-somatic basis, with the body (keeps blood preasure and
    digestive processes in order–provided you do not suffer from pathogenic
    influences–, has certain positive effects on the brain related to stress
    resistance etc. But by no means is it some sort of magical panacea. If you
    have a medical problem, go to the doctor, in all confidence 🙂

  19. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this series of videos. It is exactly what I’m looking
    for. I have been reading the Dhammapada but my lack of knowledge of the
    context had limited my understanding. This has helped me greatly. Your
    teachings have inspired me to develope a daily meditation routine and study
    the Buddha’s words in depth. Thank you. All the best to you.

  20. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Buddhism like many other things in life has as much to do with faith as
    anything else. If you understand the meaning of the story you understand
    that his vow and his true path meant more to him than his physical body. I
    think a person that can make this sacrifice to attain enlightenment and
    truth is the purest of people , because he made the vow he remained
    truthful to the vow making the ultimate sacrifice. Had he gotten sick
    before he made the vow he could have taken the medicine

  21. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank You. I am beginning my spiritual journey and starting with Buddhism.
    I have just watched the first one but already find it enlightening.

  22. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    may I interest you into visiting my website? I had a post on why I´m not a
    buddhist there, even though I, like you, think that we can learn somethings
    from it. Cheers

  23. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    @License2Bill “I feel that buddhism, like many religions, is full of
    dubious stories” Buddhism will tell you this stories for you to apply them
    to your life in your own way challenge it and even make it better. Stories
    from the bible want to be applied as “ABSOLUTE TRUTHS” so therefor those
    religious figures WILL NOT let you challenge them. Big Difference if you
    ask me

  24. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Well I think the doubt in License2Bill must have come from cultural
    differences. You have to understand that disciplin is a really big thing in
    Buddhism and more so in being a monk in this culture where having a right
    view, right thought, right action and all parts of the Eightfold path is
    the most important thing. The monk knew that by safeguarding his mind is
    more important than the body because there is no self. In the western world
    it would seem more important to cure body first I guess.

  25. Anonymous says:
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Satu Satu Satu _/_


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