19 Apr
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Choose Wisely

According to the Samyutta Nikaya, the first of the factors of stream-entry is “association with superior persons.”

A man who wraps rotting fish
in a blade of kusa grass
makes the grass smelly:
     so it is
if you seek out fools.

But a man who wraps powdered incense in the leaf of a tree
makes the leaf fragrant:
     so it is
if you seek out
     the enlightened.

 from the Itivuttaka, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

(image: “A Whole World,” by Couprie and Louchard)


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