Teachings Of The Buddha: Great Discourse On Blessings

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

Many dieties 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 the blessing supreme.

A mind unshaken when touched
by the worldly states,
sorrowless, stainless, and secure,
this is the blessing supreme.

Those who have fulfilled all these
are everywhere invincible;
they find well-being everywhere,
theirs is the blessing supreme.

(adapted from Mangala Sutta by Gunaratana Mahathera)