Dhammapada, Stanza 31

Version 1:

The bhikkhu [or bhikkhuni] who delights in awareness,
Who sees in unawareness the fearful,
Goes, burning, like a fire,
The fetter subtle and gross.

Version 2:

The monk [or nun] delighting in heedfulness,
seeing danger in heedlessness,
advances like a fire,
burning fetters
great & small.

Version 3:

The monk [or nun] who delights in heedfulness and looks with fear at heedlessness advances like fire, burning all fetters, small and large.

(Note: Version 1 is from the John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana translation. Version 2 is from the Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation. Version 3 is from the Acharya Buddharakkhita translation.  Changes made to the text in order to achieve gender neutrality are marked with brackets.)

One thought on “Dhammapada, Stanza 31”

  1. very interesting, the 3 verses. I am new here. I am happy to discover your informative blog!

    Have a good and peaceful day!



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