Friends:

Harmlessness & Tolerance Protects all Beings!


The Blessed Buddha was a great friend of tolerance & harmlessness:

I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
may not the bipeds harm me,
may not those with four feet harm me,
and may not those with many feet harm me.
A. II, 72

Among tigers, lions, leopards & bears I lived in the wood.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in sweet silent solitude.
Suvanna-sama Jātaka 540

 



I am a friend and helper to all,
I am sympathetic to all living beings.

I develop a mind full of love and
delights always in harmlessness.
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy,
makes it immovable and unshakable.
I develop the divine states of mind
not cultivated by simple men.
Theragatha. 648-9

 



 

Thus he who both day and night
takes delight in harmlessness
sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none.
SN I 208

He who does not strike nor makes
others strike, who robs not nor makes
others rob, sharing love with all that lives,
finds enmity with none.
Itivuttaka 22

 

As a mother even with her life protects
her only son, so let one cultivate infinite,
yeah universal, friendliness towards
all sentient, living and breathing beings.
 

Let any one with a mind of true affection
feel compassion for this entire world,
above, below and across,
unlimited and everywhere.
 

The one who has left violence,
who never harm any being,
who neither kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, gentle, is a Holy Noble One.
Dhammapada  405
 

The one who is friendly among the hostile,
who is harmless among the violent,
who is detached among the greedy,
such one is a Holy Noble One.
Dhammapada 406

He, who injures living beings, is not Noble .
He is called Noble, because he is gentle
and kind towards all living beings.
Dhammapada 270
 

Tolerance is the highest training.
Patience is the best praxis.
So all Buddhas say.

Dhammapada  184

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger, or irritation,
wish for another to suffer.
Khuddakapatha 9

Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma & clearly understands.
Cordial non-violence is happiness in this world,
happy is harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10




How to become harmless:

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Buddha_on_Noble_Friendship.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Blessing_all_Beings_by_Bliss.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patient_is_Tolerance.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bon_Benevolence.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm

Harmlessness & Tolerance is the Best Protection!


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