The Buddha


The Buddha (this saying written down in the 3rd century BCE)

“By oneself is damage done:
by oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is damage not done:
by oneself is one purified.
Purity and impurity come from oneself.
No one can purify another.”

  • From The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 12), recorded in the 3rd century BCE. Translation by Glenn Wallis, 2004.

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