• My teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience.
  • My teaching is a means of practice, not something to hold onto or worship.
  • My teaching is like a raft used to cross the river.
  • Only a fool would carry the raft around after he had already reached the other shore of liberation.


  • Do not accept any of my words on faith,
  • Believing them just because I said them.
  • Be like an analyst buying gold, who cuts, burns,
  • And critically examines his product for authenticity.
  • Only accept what passes the test
  • By proving useful and beneficial in your life.
  • Those who really seek the path to enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. They then proceed with strong determination.
  • Be urgent in good; hold your thoughts off evil. When one is slack in doing good the mind delights in evil.
  • Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

The Dhammapada