A collection of Buddha quotes and brief profile of the founder of Buddhism.
Profile: Not a lot is known for certain about his life but Siddhartha Gautama Buddha is said to have been born 563BC in what is today Nepal. He was born a prince into a wealthy family, married and had a son.
Then at the age of 29 he left the palace, and seeing the human suffering around him for the first time he decided to live the life of an ascetic. However after six years and almost starving to death he reconsidered his path. Gautama then vowed to meditate under a fig tree until he achieved enlightenment which he did after a reputed 49 days.
For the next 45 years of his life he travelled and taught to all, regardless of race or class. Fundamental to Buddhist teachings is the Four Noble Truths and the belief that karma (the effects of our actions and conduct) determines are destiny in this life and the next. He died age 80 in India around 483BC.
"All that we are is a result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him."
"Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it."
"If you knew what I know about the power of giving,
you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way."
"The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.
Only the moment you reject all help are you freed."
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,
worry about the future, or anticipate troubles,
but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."
"What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow:
Our life is the creation of our mind."
"Nothing is permanent."
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change."
"This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings
is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky.
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain."
"Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace."
This is a Buddha quote that perhaps we should wake up to every morning. Write it out, print it out, put it on your phone as a reminder. Take a deep breath as you wake up, ponder the wonders of this universe and feel gratitude for everything in this life.
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared."
"Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth."
"No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path."
"The only real failure in life
is not to be true to the best one knows."
"To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all,
one must first discipline and control one's own mind.
If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."
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