Buddhist Quotes

Enjoy this collection of Buddhist quotes from a variety of experts in Buddhism; a 'religion' that's refreshingly in short supply of dogma.

"Think kindly; speak gently and clearly. The wisdom of cause and effect or karma, teaches us that everything matters - every breath, every syllable, every sentence." - Lama Surya Das

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Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, ('the Buddha', meaning awakened one), who was born in the 6th Century BC.

Unlike most religions Buddhism does not involve worshiping God or god's, rather it encourages seeking out the 'truth' from within and practising discipline according to the 'The Eightfold Path'. 

A Top 10 List of Buddhist Quotes


"A text of Tibetan Buddhism describes the time of death
as a unique opportunity for spiritual liberation
from the cycles of death and rebirth
and a period that determines our next incarnation."

- Stanislav Grof


"Buddhism is a life practice, not a quick fix."

- Barbara O'Brien


"The whole secret to 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."

- Buddha


"I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes.
I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles.
I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags.
I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit,
and the greatest lake on earth as a drop of oil on my foot."

- Buddha


"Through your love for each other,
through learning the art of making one person happy,
you learn to express your love for the whole of humanity and all beings."

- Thich Nhat Hanh


"The Dharma's ancient, timeless message for you, the seeker,
is that there is a tried-and-true method
for refining your mind, heightening your awareness,
and transcending your dependence on outer circumstances."

- Lama Surya Das


"If you want to know your past life,
look into your present condition.
If you want to know your future life,
look at your present actions."

- Padmasambhava


"One instant of total awareness is one instant of perfect freedom and enlightenment."

- The Wisdom Deity, Manjusri


"Liberation arises at that moment
in the after-death state when consciousness can realize
its experiences to be nothing other than mind itself."

- Kalu Rinpoche


"If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate."

- Ajahn Chah

"The real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don’t even recognize:
a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves,
the black, curious eyes of a child -
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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