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Just as a bee extracts the flower's nectar without disturbing the flower's color or scent, the Sage moves through town and quickly passes on.

Do not reflect upon the missteps of others, their deeds and misdeeds, but rather look upon what you yourself have done and left undone.


This is no way meant to be disrespectful, but it may get a chuckle from Daniel....
Mama-san say- he who bleed on carpet because of broken weapon rule, get stitches in foot.

Does that mean it's a bad thing to learn from the mistakes of others, and a good thing to make those same mistakes when they could've been avoided? I must be misunderstanding something here :-)

Simon: Naw, I don't think that's what it means. It's just that we put so much energy into examining the faults of others, and it would be so much more useful if we put more of that energy into examining our own situation.

I think it's more along the lines of "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

Michel de Montaigne said:

"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom."

And, back to the Dhammapada:

"To straighten the crooked, you must first do a harder thing-- straighten yourself.

So, uh... what daniel said.

Yes, Little Joe, I see you have learned your lesson well.

Really enjoyed the site:)

Yes, little joe...you are truly wise.

Thanks for clarifying that, Daniel!