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Rabbi Yoel Gluck on Jealousy

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

A Teaching About Jealousy based on the Dhammapada

By Rabbi Yoel Glick


The Dhammapada is a well known Buddhist scripture consisting of the says of the Buddha.


The feeling of jealousy is a deadly poison for those on the spiritual path. It disturbs our inner equilibrium and makes us irritable and restless. As the Dhammapada states: “Let him not be jealous of others, because the monk who feels envy cannot achieve deep contemplation.”


“For he will wish for reputation, for precedence among the monks, for authority in the monasteries and for veneration among people."


And then from Proverbs 14:30: “A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; but envy is the rottenness of the bones.”

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