BWV 051: Virtue and Learning

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Jā 362 Sīlavīmaṁsajātakaṁ
Virtue and Learning

The Bodhisatta wishes to find out which is more important, virtue or learning, and takes a coin a day from the King until on the third day he is arrested. He then understands which is most valued in the world.

100. Mogho jātī ca vaṇṇā ca, sīlam-eva kiruttamaṁ,
Sīlena anupetassa, sutenattho na vijjati.

Birth and beauty are delusions,
Virtue is supreme it is said,
For one unendowed with virtue,
There is no value in learning.

from Buddhist Wisdom Verses


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