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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Control Your Self

When I was a kid, the comedian Flip Wilson was a big hit with his catchphrase, "The devil made me do it!"

It was funny when he said it. But isn't this a common cop-out? The idea that there is some outside force called "Evil" that makes us do bad things?

Here's what Buddhism says. In The Dhammapada, we read:

By oneself evil is done, by oneself one suffers;
By oneself evil is left undone, by oneself one is purified.
Purity and impurity belong to oneself,
No one can purify another.

And as for the results of our misbehavior? The great English Buddhist Christmas Humphries (love that name!) wrote, "Christians are punished for their sin; Buddhists are punished by their sin."

There's no one to blame but ourselves.

So take charge and control your Self.

You'll be happier.

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