Be A Lamp Unto Yourself

Therefore, Ananda, be lamps unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dharma as your lamp, the Dharma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.

And how, Ananda, is a bhikkhu a lamp unto himself, a refuge unto himself, seeking no external refuge; with the Dharma as his lamp, the Dharma as his refuge, seeking no other refuge?

When he dwells contemplating the body in the body, earnestly, clearly comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in regard to the world; when he dwells contemplating feelings in feelings, the mind in the mind, and mental objects in mental objects, earnestly, clearly comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in regard to the world, then, truly, he is a lamp unto himself, a refuge unto himself, seeking no external refuge; having the Dharma as his lamp, the Dharma as his refuge, seeking no other refuge.

Those bhikkhus of mine, Ananda, who now or after I am gone, abide as a lamp unto themselves, as a refuge unto themselves, seeking no other refuge; having the Dharma as their lamp and refuge, seeking no other refuge: it is they who will attain the highest, if they have the desire to learn.  
(The Buddha’s Last Words, The Maha-Parinibbana Sutta)

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