Great Discourse on Blessings

At one time the Exalted One was living in Jeta Grove. A certain deity of astounding beauty approached the Exalted One and said:

Many deities and humans have pondered on Blessings. Tell me the Blessings Supreme.

 

The Buddha replied:

 

To associate not with the foolish,
to be with the wise,
to honor the worthy ones,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

To reside in a suitable location, to have good past deeds done,
to set oneself in the right direction,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

To be well spoken,
highly trained,
well educated,
skilled in handicraft,
and highly disciplined,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

To be well caring of mother,
of father,
to look after wife and children,
to engage in a harmless occupation,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

Outstanding behavior,
blameless action,
open hands to all relatives
and selfless giving,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

To cease and abstain from evil,
to avoid intoxicants,
to be diligent in virtuous practices,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

To be reverent and humble,
content and grateful,
to hear the Dharma at the right time,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

To be patient and obedient,
to visit with spiritual people,
to discuss the Dharma at the right time,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

To live austerely and purely,
to see the noble truths,
and to realize Nirvana,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

A mind unshaken when touched by
the worldly states,
sorrow-less,
stainless,
and secure,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

Those who have fulfilled all these are everywhere invincible;
they find well being everywhere,

this is a Blessing Supreme.

 

Buddha 
 
 
 
Note:  This is a Sutta (or Sutra) preached by Shakyamuni Buddha (and also a Buddhist's sacred text).