BWV 050: The Desire for Happiness

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Dhp 131 Sambahulakumārakavatthu
The Desire for Happiness

As the Buddha goes on his alms-round he sees a group of boys tormenting a snake for fun. He admonishes them with this verse.

99. Sukhakāmāni bhūtāni yo daṇḍena vihiṁsati,
Attano sukham-esāno, pecca so na labhate sukhaṁ.

He who harms with a stick beings
Who also desire happiness,
While himself seeking happiness,
Will not find happiness later.

from Buddhist Wisdom Verses


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