BWV 028: The Greatest Things

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Dhp 204 Pasenadikosalavatthu
The Greatest Things

King Pasenadi is always overeating and suffering for it. The Buddha has the King’s nephew learn and recite a verse which reminds the King to be moderate. Later the King is cured and tells him about his good fortune. The Buddha recites the following verse.

68. Ārogyaparamā lābhā, santuṭṭhi paramaṁ dhanaṁ,
Vissāsā paramā ñāti, Nibbānaṁ paramaṁ sukhaṁ.

Good health is the greatest of gains,
Contentment is the greatest wealth,
Trust is the greatest of our kin,
Emancipation the greatest good.

from Buddhist Wisdom Verses


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