The Buddha, the title given to the founder of Buddhism, Siddartha Gautama, died some 2,500 years ago. It is a testament to his wisdom that his sayings still reverberate across the world. Even non-Buddhists who are not familiar with the Buddhist canons love to quote him. I have selected 21 sayings from The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita with an introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi and published in 2013 by Access to Insight (BCBS Edition). In the frenetic money-driven world of shipping, I hope they will provide seafarers and other maritime professionals with a source of inspiration and enlightenment.
Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.