Buddha Quotes

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Siddhattha Gotama was a teacher and religious leader. “Buddha“, meaning awakened one or enlightened one is a title, not a name. Shakyamuni Buddha, whose original name was Gautama, was the founder of Buddhism.

Buddha Quotes

Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires. … – Buddha

Your actions are your only true belongings. – Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. – Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able. – Buddha

Fools wait for a lucky day but every day is a lucky day for an industrious man. – Buddha

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go? – Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. – Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? – Buddha

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. – Buddha

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha

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. – Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it. – Buddha

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. – Buddha

When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow. – Buddha

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. – Buddha

You only lose what you cling to. – Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. – Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha

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. – Buddha

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe; that lures him to evil ways. – Buddha

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. – Buddha

What we think, we become. – Buddha

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. – Buddha

The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood. – Buddha

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. – Buddha

To live a pure, unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. – Buddha

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes. – Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop. – Buddha

A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. – Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. – Buddha

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. – Buddha

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. – Buddha

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. – Buddha

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? – Buddha

Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another. – Buddha

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. – Buddha

True love is born from understanding. – Buddha

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. – BuddhaThere is no path to happiness: happiness is the path. – Buddha

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Buddha

Pain is certain, suffering is optional. – Buddha

Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law. – Buddha

To understand everything is to forgive everything. – Buddha

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. – Buddha

When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. – Buddha

Patience is key. Remember: A jug fills drop by drop. – Buddha

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. – Buddha

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. – Buddha

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. – Buddha

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Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little. – Buddha

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. – Buddha

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. – Buddha

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. – Buddha

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. – Buddha

The darkest night is ignorance. – Buddha

If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart. – Buddha

The root of suffering is attachment. – Buddha

I never see what has been done, I only see what remains to be done. – Buddha

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. – Buddha

Give, even if you only have a little. – Buddha

One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble. – Buddha

There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires. – Buddha

A disciplined mind brings happiness. – Buddha

They blame those who remain silent, they blame those speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed. – Buddha

Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth. – Buddha

Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is awakened. – Buddha

In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast. – Buddha

Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. – Buddha

The calmed say that what is well-spoken is best; second, that one should say what is right, not unrighteous; third, what’s pleasing, not displeasing; fourth, what is true, not false. – Buddha

Resolutely train yourself to attain peace – Buddha

All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill. – Buddha

Some do not understand that we must die, But those who do realize this settle their quarrels. – Buddha

Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win. – Buddha

Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. – Buddha

To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing. – Buddha

Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good. – Buddha

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. – Buddha

Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded. – Buddha

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you. – Buddha

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. – Buddha

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. – Buddha

In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength. – Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. – Buddha

If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good. – Buddha

Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment. – Buddha

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The trouble is, you think you have time. – Buddha

Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind. – Buddha

There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. – Buddha

One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world. – Buddha

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law. – Buddha

Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. – Buddha

Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people. – Buddha

Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth. – Buddha

If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us? – Buddha

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know what leads you forward and what holds you back and choose the path that leads to wisdom. – Buddha

Thus they continue to move in the coil and can find no escape from the hell of their own making. And how empty are their pleasures, how vain are their endeavors!—hollow like the plantain-tree, and without contents like the bubble. – Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha

Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth. – Buddha

Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one – himself. Better to conquer yourself than others. – Buddha

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” – Buddha

One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world. – Buddha

The greatest prayer is patience. – Buddha

Pure-limbed, white-canopied, one-wheeled, the cart roles on. See him that cometh: faultless, stream-cutter, bondless he. – Buddha

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

May all that have life be delivered from suffering. – Buddha

As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life. – Buddha

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. – Buddha

When the Aggregates arise, decay and die, O bhikkhu, every moment you are born, decay, and die. – Buddha

To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river. – Buddha

Analyzing through special insight and realizing the lack of inherent existence constitute understanding of the signless. – Buddha

Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame. – Buddha

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. – Buddha

Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind. – Buddha

‎Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion. – Buddha

For the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world. – Buddha

Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again. – Buddha

If the selflessness of phenomena is analyzed and if this analysis is cultivated, it causes the effect of attaining nirvana. Through no other cause does one come to peace. – Buddha

How blissful it is, for one who has nothing. Attainers-of-wisdom are people with nothing. See him suffering, one who has something, a person bound in mind with people. – Buddha

Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence. – Buddha

This I tell you: decay is inherent in all conditioned things. Work out your own salvation, with diligence. – Buddha

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. – Buddha

Life is a river always flowing. Do not hold onto things. Work hard. – Buddha

The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm. – Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able. – Buddha

Buddha Quotes

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. – Buddha

Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those that a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world. – Buddha

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. – Buddha

Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live, giving up victory and defeat. – Buddha

There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. – Buddha

Contentment is the greatest wealth. – Buddha

Just to say ‘I believe’ or ‘I do not doubt’ does not mean that you understand and see. To force oneself to see and accept a thing without understanding is political and not spiritual or intellectual. – Buddha

Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it. – Buddha

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. – Buddha

Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace. – Buddha

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others. – Buddha

The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men. – Buddha

He has no need for faith who knows the uncreated, who has cut off rebirth, who has destroyed any opportunity for good or evil, and cast away all desire. He is indeed the ultimate man. – Buddha

Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth. – Buddha

Be greatly aware of the present. – Buddha

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. – Buddha

If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another. – Buddha

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye. – Buddha

What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil. – Buddha

Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. – Buddha

Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts. – Buddha

What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create. – Buddha

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. – Buddha

As a flower that is lovely and beautiful, but is scentless, even so, fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who practices it not. – Buddha

As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world. – Buddha

Those which are produced from causes are not produced. They do not have an inherent nature of production. Those which depend on causes are said to be empty; those who know emptiness are aware. – Buddha

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. – Buddha

To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual. – Buddha

When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily. – Buddha

Doubt everything. Find your own light. – Buddha

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. – Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. – Buddha

Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare and to happiness’ – then you should enter and remain in them. – Buddha

You throw thorns, falling in my silence they become flowers. – Buddha

If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature. – Buddha

The Gift of Truth excels all other Gifts. – Buddha

As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all. – Buddha

Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning? The eye is burning, visible forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning; also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact as its condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of greed, with the fire of hate, with the fire of delusion, with birth, aging, and death, with sorrow, with lamentation, with pain, grief, and despair it is burning. – Buddha

Meditate, Ānanda, do not delay, or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you. – Buddha

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. – Buddha

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground. – Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think, you become. – Buddha

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. – Buddha

To life in the consciousness of the inevitability of suffering, of becoming enfeebled, of old age and of death, is impossible – we must free ourselves from life, from all possible life. – Buddha

Monks, even if bandits were to savagely sever you, limb by limb, with a double-handled saw, even then, whoever of you harbors ill will at heart would not be upholding my Teaching. Monks, even in such a situation you should train yourselves thus: ‘Neither shall our minds be affected by this, nor for this matter shall we give vent to evil words, but we shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and we shall not give in to hatred. On the contrary, we shall live projecting thoughts of universal love to those very persons, making them as well as the whole world the object of our thoughts of universal love – thoughts that have grown great, exalted and measureless. We shall dwell radiating these thoughts which are void of hostility and ill will.’ It is in this way, monks, that you should train yourselves. – Buddha

The virtuous man delights in this world and he delights in the next. – Buddha

Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception. – Buddha

All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses. – Buddha

Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually wear themselves out. – Buddha

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden. – Buddha

Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe. – Buddha

If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking. – Buddha

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana. – Buddha

The teaching is simple. Do what is right. Be pure. – Buddha

Attachment leads to suffering. – Buddha

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Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. – Buddha

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our own mind. – Buddha

She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair. – Buddha

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. – Buddha

Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life. – Buddha

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. – Buddha

The darkest night is ignorance. – Buddha

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. – Buddha

Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. – Buddha

If a traveler does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool. – Buddha

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. – Buddha

Your actions are your only belongings. – Buddha

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Buddha

Speak the truth, do not become angered, and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions, one goes to the presence of the gods. – Buddha

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. – Buddha

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. – Buddha

If a person has faith, Bharadvaja, he preserves truth when he says: ‘My faith is thus’; but he does not yet come to the conclusion: ‘Only this is true, anything else is wrong.’ In this way, Bharadvaja, there is the preservation of truth; in this way he preserves truth; in this way, we describe the preservation of truth. But as yet there is no discovery of truth. – Buddha

Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith. – Buddha

All phenomena do not inherently exist because of being dependent-arisings. All phenomena do not inherently exist because of being dependently imputed. – Buddha

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes. – Buddha

It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along; and therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with the bliss of the Way. – Buddha

You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up. – Buddha

From a withered tree, a flower blooms. – Buddha

Opinion, O disciples, is a disease; opinion is a tumor; opinion is a sore. He who has overcome all opinion, O disciples, is called a saint, one who knows. – Buddha

The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart. – Buddha

When you come upon a path that brings benefit and happiness to all, follow this course as the moon journeys through the stars. – Buddha

There are no chains like hate… Dwelling on your brother’s faults multiplies your own. You are far from the end of your journey. – Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop. – Buddha

The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axeman who destroys it. – Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. – Buddha

How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect, exactly as they are. – Buddha

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change. – Buddha

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him. Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!. – Buddha

Look not to the faults of others, nor to their omissions and commissions. But rather look to your own acts, to what you have done and left undone. – Buddha

Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are, it solely relies on what you think. – Buddha

Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. – Buddha

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. – Buddha

Words do not express thoughts very well; everything immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another. – Buddha

If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?– Buddha

Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height. – Buddha

Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given. – Buddha

Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair. – Buddha

Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom. – Buddha

Whoever sees me sees the teaching, and whoever sees the teaching sees me. – Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. – Buddha

Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment. – Buddha

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. – Buddha

Few among men are they who cross to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side. – Buddha

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon… If a man speaks or acts with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him. – Buddha

So too, friend, purification of virtue is for the sake of reaching purification of mind; purification of mind is for the sake of reaching purification of view; purification of view is for the sake of reaching purification by overcoming doubt; purification by overcoming doubt is for the sake of reaching purification by knowledge and vision of what is the path and what is not the path; purification by knowledge and vision of what is the path and what is not the path is for the sake of reaching purification by knowledge and vision of the way; purification by knowledge and vision of the way is for the sake of reaching purification by knowledge and vision; purification by knowledge and vision is for the sake of reaching final Nibbana [Nirvana] without clinging. It is for the sake of final Nibbana without clinging that the holy life is lived under the Blessed One. – Buddha

Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded. – Buddha

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha

Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water, in the end, will fill a huge vessel. Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain. – Buddha

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all. – Buddha

When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. – Buddha

What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now. – Buddha

Following the Noble Path is like entering a dark room with a light in the hand; the darkness will all be cleared away, and the room will be filled with light. – Buddha

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. – Buddha

Resolutely train yourself to attain peace. – Buddha

People with opinions just go around bothering one another. – Buddha

Those which arise dependently are free of inherent existence. – Buddha

In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength. – Buddha

A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. – Buddha

Purity or impurity depends on oneself, no one can purify another. – Buddha

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. – Buddha

The ignorant man is an ox. He grows in size, not in wisdom. – Buddha

With our thoughts we make the world. – Buddha

Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy. – Buddha

More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm. – Buddha

Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think. – Buddha

Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm. – Buddha

True love is born from understanding. – Buddha

Yes, Kālāmas, it is proper that you have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kālāmas, do not be led by reports, or traditions, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, not by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, nor by the idea: ‘this is our teacher’. But, O Kalamas, when you know for yourself that certain things are unwholesome, and wrong, and bad, then give them up… And when you know for yourself that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them. – Buddha

The tongue [is]like a sharp knife… [It] kills without drawing blood. – Buddha

Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day’s life of one who is wise and meditative. – Buddha

Nothing is forever except change. – Buddha

Success isn’t the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. – Buddha

Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness. – Buddha

If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind. – Buddha

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. – Buddha

It is better to travel, than to arrive. – Buddha

Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living. – Buddha

Rule your mind or it will rule you. – Buddha

Buddha Quotes

Pali Canon

Sutta Pitaka

  • There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions.
    • As quoted in: Ṭhānissaro (Bhikkhu.) (2004) Handful of leaves. Vol. 3, p. 80

Digha Nikaya (Long Discourses)

Main article: Digha Nikaya
  • Now in those days, brethren, there shall arise in the world an Exalted One by name Maitreya (the Kindly One) an Arhat, a Fully Enlightened One, endowed with wisdom and righteousness, a Happy One, a World-knower, the Peerless Charioteer of men to be tamed, a teacher of the devas and mankind, an Exalted One, a Buddha like myself. He of His own abnormal powers shall realize and make known the world, and the worlds of the devas, with their Maras, their Brahmas, the host of recluses and brahmins, of devas and mankind alike, even as I do now. He shall proclaim the Norm, lovely in its beginning, lovely in its middle, and lovely in the end thereof. He shall make known the wholly perfect life of righteousness in all its purity, both in the spirit and in the letter of it, even as I do now. He shall lead an Order of Brethren numbering many thousands, even as I do now lead an order of Brethren numbering many hundreds.
    • Gautama Buddha in Digha Nikaya as quoted in Avatars down the ages by Felicity Elliot
  • ‘Brethren, if outsiders should speak against me, or against the Doctrine, or against the Order, you should not on that account either bear malice, or suffer heart-burning, or feel ill will. If you, on that account, should be angry and hurt, that would stand in the way of your, own self-conquest. If, when others speak against us, you feel angry at that, and displeased, would you then be able to judge how far that speech of theirs is well said or ill?’
    ‘That would not be so, Sir.’
    ‘But when outsiders speak in dispraise of me, or of the Doctrine, or of the Order, you should unravel what is false and point it out as wrong, saying: “For this or that reason this is not the fact, that is not so, such a thing is not found among us, is not in us.”
    ‘But also, brethren, if outsiders should speak in praise of me, in praise of the Doctrine, in praise of the Order, you should not, on that account, be filled with pleasure or gladness, or be lifted up in heart. Were you to be so that also would stand in the way of your self-conquest. When outsiders speak in praise of me, or of the Doctrine, or of the Order, you should acknowledge what is right to be the fact, saying: “For this or that reason this is the fact, that is so, such a thing is found among us, is in us.”

    • T. W. Rhys Davids trans. (1899), Brahmajāla Sutta, verse 1.5-6 (text at archive.org), as cited in: Hajime Nakamura (1992). A Comparative History of Ideas, p. 221-2
  • Whereas some ascetics and Brahmins remain addicted to attending such shows as dancing, singing, music, displays, recitations, hand-music, cymbals and drums, fairy-shows, acrobatic and conjuring tricks, combats of elephants, buffaloes, bulls, goats, rams, cocks and quail, fighting with staves, boxing, wrestling, sham-fights, parades, manoeuvres and military reviews, the ascetic Gotama refrains from attending such displays.
    • M. Walshe, trans. (1987), Sutta 1, verse 1.13
  • “Well, Lord, is the soul the same as the body, is the soul one thing and the body another?”
“I have not declared that the soul is one thing and the body another.”
“Well, Lord, does the Tathāgata exist after death?” …
“I have not declared that the Tathāgata exists after death.” …
“But, Lord, why has the Lord not declared these things?”
“Potthapada, that is not conducive to the purpose, not conducive to Dhamma, not the way to embark on the holy life; it does not lead to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to calm, to higher knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. That is why I have not declared it.”

  • M. Walshe, trans. (1987), Sutta 9, verse 28, p. 164

Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses)

Main article: Majjhima Nikaya
  • Just as a bird, wherever it goes, flies with its wings as its only burden, so too, the bhikkhu becomes content with robes to protect his body and with almsfood to maintain his stomach, and wherever he goes he sets out taking only these with him. Possessing this aggregate of noble virtue, he experiences within himself a bliss that is blameless.
    • Sutta 51, Verse 15, p. 450
  • Any kind of material form whatever, whether past, future, or present, internal or external, gross or subtle, inferior or superior, far or near, all material form should be seen as it actually is with proper wisdom thus: “This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.”
    • Sutta 62, verse 3, p. 527
  • Rahula, whatever internally, belonging to oneself, is solid, solidified, and clung-to, that is, head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, diaphragm, spleen, lungs, large intestines, small intestines, contents of the stomach, feces, or whatever else internally, belonging to oneself, is solid, solidified, and clung-to: this is called the internal earth element. Now both the internal earth element and the external earth element are simply earth element. And that should be seen as it actually is with proper wisdom thus: “This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.” When one sees it thus as it actually is with proper wisdom, one becomes disenchanted with the earth element and makes the mind dispassionate towards the earth element.
    • Sutta 62, verse 8, p. 528
  • Rahula, develop meditation that is like water. … Just as people wash clean things and dirty things, excrement, urine, spittle, pus, and blood in water, and the water is not horrified, humiliated, and disgusted because of that, so too, Rahula, develop meditation that is like water.
    • Sutta 62, verse 14, p. 530

Samyutta Nikaya

  • (…) Just this noble eightfold path: right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. That is the ancient path, the ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times. I followed that path. Following it, I came to direct knowledge of aging & death, direct knowledge of the origination of aging & death, direct knowledge of the cessation of aging & death, direct knowledge of the path leading to the cessation of aging & death. I followed that path. Following it, I came to direct knowledge of birth… becoming… clinging… craving… feeling… contact… the six sense media… name-&-form… consciousness, direct knowledge of the origination of consciousness, direct knowledge of the cessation of consciousness, direct knowledge of the path leading to the cessation of consciousness. I followed that path.
    • Nagara Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya II.124, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
  • Just as the eldest son of a wheel-turning monarch properly keeps in motion the wheel of sovereignty set in motion by his father, so do you, Sāriputta, properly keep in motion the Wheel of Dhamma set in motion by me.
    • Vangisasamyutta, as translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi (2000), p. 287

Anguttara Nikaya

  • Do not go by revelation;
    Do not go by tradition;
    Do not go by hearsay;
    Do not go on the authority of sacred texts;
    Do not go on the grounds of pure logic;
    Do not go by a view that seems rational;
    Do not go by reflecting on mere appearances;
    Do not go along with a considered view because you agree with it;
    Do not go along on the grounds that the person is competent;
    Do not go along because “the recluse is our teacher.”
    Kalamas, when you yourselves know: These things are unwholesome, these things are blameworthy; these things are censured by the wise; and when undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill, abandon them…
    Kalamas, when you know for yourselves: These are wholesome; these things are not blameworthy; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness, having undertaken them, abide in them.

    • Kalama Sutta – Angutarra Nikaya 3.65
  • Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison.
    • 5.177: Vanijja Sutta, as translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (2001)

Khuddaka Nikaya

Dhammapada
Main article: Dhammapada
  • As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind.
    • Ch. 1: The Twin Verses, verse 13
  • He abused me, he struck me, he overcame me, he robbed me’ — in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease.
    • 1.3-4; as translated by Radhakrishnan.
  • Can there be joy and laughter When always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness Should you not seek a light?
  • No one saves us but ourselves,
    No one can and no one may.
    We ourselves must walk the path
    Buddhas merely teach the way.
    By ourselves is evil done,
    By ourselves we pain endure,
    By ourselves we cease from wrong,
    By ourselves become we pure.

    • Ch. 165, as translated in The Dharma, or The Religion of Enlightenment; An Exposition of Buddhism (1896) by Paul Carus; variants for some years have included “We ourselves must walk the path but Buddhas clearly show the way”, but this is not yet located in any of the original publications of Carus.
  • Conquer anger with love, evil with good, meanness with generosity, and lies with truth. – Ch. 17, Verse 223
  • Indeed, wisdom is born of meditation; without meditation wisdom is lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain and loss of wisdom, one should conduct oneself so that wisdom may increase. – Ch. 20, Verse 282
  • To cease from evil, to do good, and to purify the mind yourself, this is the teaching of all the Buddhas. – Ch. 14, Verse 183
Sutta Nipata (Suttas falling down)
  • That bhikkhu who has cut off passion in its entirety, like one picking a lotus, both flower and stalk, leaves this shore and the far shore as a snake leaves its old worn-out skin.
That bhikkhu who has cut off craving in its entirety, like one drying up a fast-flowing stream, leaves this shore and the far shore as a snake leaves its old worn-out skin. – § 2-3
  • Leaving behind son and wife, and father and mother, and wealth and grain, and relatives, and sensual pleasures to the limit, one should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.
‘This is an attachment; here there is little happiness, and little satisfaction; here there is very much misery; this is a hook.’ Knowing this, a thoughtful man should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.
Having torn one’s fetters asunder, like a fish breaking a net in the water, not returning, like a fire not going back to what is already burned, one should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn. – § 60-62
  • The brahman Kasibhāradvāja addressed the Blessed One with a verse.
‘You say you are a ploughman, but we do not see your ploughing. Being asked, tell us about your ploughing, so that we may know your ploughing.’
‘Faith is the seed, penance is the rain, wisdom is my yoke and plough; modesty is the pole, mind is the yoke-tie, mindfulness is my ploughshare and goad. …
Thus is this ploughing of mine ploughed. It has the death-free as its fruit. Having ploughed this ploughing one is freed from all misery. – § 75-80
  • Not by birth does one become an outcaste, not by birth does one become a brahman. By one’s action one becomes an outcaste, by one’s action one becomes a brahman. – § 136
  • Faith is the best wealth for a man in this world. Righteousness when well practised brings happiness. Truth is the sweetest of flavours. They say the life of one living by wisdom is the best. – § 182
  • Joined together with bones and sinews, having a plastering of skin and flesh, covered with hide, the body is not seen as it really is—full of intestines, full of stomach, of the lump of the liver, of bladder, of heart, of lungs, of kidneys and of spleen, of mucus, of saliva, and of sweat, and of lymph, of blood, of synovial fluid, of bile, and of fat, … and its hollow head is filled with brain. A fool, overwhelmed by ignorance, thinks of it as beautiful, but when it lies dead, swollen up and discoloured, cast away in a cemetery, relatives have no regard for it. Dogs devour it, and jackals, and wolves and worms. Crows and vultures devour it, and whatever other living creatures there are. The bhikkhu possessing knowledge here, having heard the Buddha’s word, indeed understands it, for he sees the body as it really is. – § 194-202
  • The seers of old had fully restrained selves, and were austere. Having abandoned the five strands of sensual pleasures, they practiced their own welfare. The brahmans had no cattle, no gold, no wealth. They had study as their wealth and grain. They guarded the holy life as their treasure. – § 284-285
Sutta 3.2. Padhana Sutta
  • Sensual passions are your first enemy.
Your second is called Discontent.
Your third is Hunger & Thirst.
Your fourth is called Craving.
Fifth is Sloth & Drowsiness.
Sixth is called Terror.
Your seventh is Uncertainty.
Hypocrisy & Stubbornness, your eighth.
Gains, Offerings, Fame, & Status wrongly gained,
and whoever would praise self
& disparage others.
That, Namuci, is your enemy,
the Dark One’s commando force.
A coward can’t defeat it,
but one having defeated it
gains bliss.
  • I spit on my life.
    Death in battle would be better for me
    than that I, defeated, survive.

    • This statement is made in reference to his battle against the personification of temptation to evil, Mara.
  • That army of yours,
that the world with its devas can’t overcome,
I will smash with discernment
  • I will go about, from kingdom to kingdom,
training many disciples.
They — heedful, resolute
doing my teachings —
despite your wishes, will go
where, having gone,
there’s no grief.

  • Sn 3.2, Buddha’s Purpose

Mahayana

Brahmajala Sutra

  • The innumerable worlds in the cosmos are like the eyes of the net. Each and every world is different, its variety infinite. So too are the Dharma Doors (methods of cultivation) taught by the Buddhas.
    • Sutra Translation Committee of the US and Canada (2000). The Brahma Net Sutra, New York Brahmajala Sutra (Mahayana)

Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra

Main article: Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra

Chapter Eight. On Meat-eating

  • Thus, Mahāmati, wherever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and, thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] an only child, let them refrain from eating meat. So with Bodhisattvas whose nature is compassion, [the eating of] meat is to be avoided by him. Even in exceptional cases, it is not [compassionate] of a Bodhisattva of good standing to eat meat.
  • For fear of causing terror to living beings, Mahāmati, let the Bodhisattva who is disciplining himself to attain compassion, refrain from eating flesh.
  • The food of the wise, Mahāmati, is what is eaten by the Rishis; it does not consist of meat and blood.
  • … how can I permit my disciples, Mahāmati, to eat food consisting of flesh and blood, which is gratifying to the unwise but is abhorred by the wise, which brings many evils and keeps away many merits; and which was not offered to the Rishis and is altogether unsuitable?
    Now, Mahāmati, the food I have permitted [my disciples to take] is gratifying to all wise people but is avoided by the unwise; it is productive of many merits, it keeps away many evils; and it has been prescribed by the ancient Rishis. It comprises rice, barley, wheat, kidney beans, beans, lentils, etc., clarified butter, oil, honey, molasses, treacle, sugar cane, coarse sugar, etc.; food prepared with these is proper food. Mahāmati, there may be some irrational people in the future who will discriminate and establish new rules of moral discipline, and who, under the influence of the habit-energy belonging to the carnivorous races, will greedily desire the taste [of meat]: it is not for these people that the above food is prescribed. Mahāmati, this is the food I urge for the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattvas who have made offerings to the previous Buddhas, who have planted roots of goodness, who are possessed of faith, devoid of discrimination, who are all men and women belonging to the Śākya family, who are sons and daughters of good family, who have no attachment to body, life, and property, who do not covet delicacies, are not at all greedy, who being compassionate desire to embrace all living beings as their own person, and who regard all beings with affection as if they were an only child.
  • If, Mahāmati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life.
  • Again, Mahāmati, there may be some unwitted people in the future time, who, beginning to lead the homeless life according to my teaching, are acknowledged as sons of the Śākya, and carry the Kāshāya robe about them as a badge, but who are in thought evilly affected by erroneous reasonings. They may talk about various discriminations which they make in their moral discipline, being addicted to the view of a personal soul. Being under the influence of the thirst for [meat-] taste, they will string together in various ways some sophistic arguments to defend meat-eating. They think they are giving me an unprecedented calumny when they discriminate and talk about facts that are capable of various interpretations. Imagining that this fact allows this interpretation, [they conclude that] the Blessed One permits meat as proper food, and that it is mentioned among permitted foods and that probably the Tathagata himself partook of it. But, Mahāmati, nowhere in the sutras is meat permitted as something enjoyable, nor it is referred to as proper among the foods prescribed [for the Buddha’s followers].
  • … all [meat-eating] in any form, in any manner, and in any place, is unconditionally and once for all, prohibited for all. Thus, Mahāmati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit. Meat-eating, I tell you, Mahāmati, is not proper for homeless monks.
  • From eating [meat] arrogance is born, from arrogance erroneous imaginations issue, and from imagination is born greed; and for this reason refrain from eating [meat].
  • There is no meat to be regarded as pure in three ways: not premeditated, not asked for, and not impelled; therefore, refrain from eating meat.

Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra (or Nirvana Sutra)

  • From now on, I do not permit my sravaka disciples to eat meat. … One who eats meat kills the seed of great compassion. … I, from now on, tell my disciples to refrain from eating any kind of meat. O Kasyapa! When one eats meat, this gives out the smell of meat while one is walking, standing, sitting or reclining. People smell this and become fearful. This is as when one comes near a lion. One sees and smells the lion, and fear arises. O good man! When one eats garlic, the dirty smell is unbearable. … It is the same with one who eats meat. It is a similar situation with all people who, on smelling the meat, become afraid and entertain the thought of death. All living things in the water, on land and in the sky desert such a person and run away. They say that this person is their enemy.
    • Chapter Seven: On the Four Aspects

Śūraṅgama Sūtra

  • After my nirvana, how will people who eat the flesh of beings deserve to be called disciples of Śākyamuni? You should understand that these people who eat flesh may gain some modicum of mental awakening while practicing samādhi, but they are all great rākṣasas who in the end must fall into the sea of death and rebirth. They are not disciples of the Buddha. Such people kill and devour each other, feeding on each other in an endless cycle. How could they possibly get out of the three realms? When you teach people in the world to practice samādhi, teach them to renounce all killing.
    • Part VII, Chapter 2: On Killing
  • How then can it be compassionate to gorge on other beings’ blood and flesh? Monks who will not wear silks from the East, whether coarse or fine; who will not wear shoes or boots of leather, nor furs, nor birds’ down from our own country; and who will not consume milk, curds, or ghee, have truly freed themselves from the world.
    • Part VII, Chapter 2: On Killing
  • I can affirm that a person who neither eats the flesh of other beings nor wears any part of the bodies of other beings, nor even thinks of eating or wearing these things, is a person who will gain liberation.
    • Part VII, Chapter 2: On Killing

Vimalakirti Sutra

Main article: Vimalakirti Sutra
  • Listen well, listen well, and mull it over in your thoughts!
    • To Ratnākara, on the practices carried out by bodhisattvas in purifying the lands. Chapter I, as translated by Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, 2000, ISBN: 0231106572.
  • Ratnākara, the various kinds of living beings are in themselves the Buddha lands (buddhakṣetra) of the bodhisattvas . Why so? Because it is by converting various beings to the teachings that the bodhisattvas acquire their Buddha lands. It is by persuading various beings and overcoming their objections that the bodhisattvas acquire their Buddha lands. It is by inducing the various living beings to enter into the Buddha wisdom in such-and-such a land that they acquire their Buddha lands. It is by inducing the various living beings to develop the capacity for bodhisattva practices in such-and-such a land that they acquire their Buddha lands.

    Why is this? Because the bodhisattva’s acquisition of a pure land is wholly due to his having brought benefit to living beings. Suppose a man proposes to build a mansion on a plot of open land. He may do so as he wishes without hindrance. But if he tries to build it in the empty air, he will never be successful. It is the same with the bodhisattvas. It is because they wish to help others to achieve success that they take their vow to acquire Buddha lands. Their vow to acquire Buddha lands in not founded on emptiness.

    • To Ratnākara, on the practices carried out by bodhisattvas in purifying the lands. Chapter I, as translated by Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, 2000, ISBN: 0231106572.
  • Ratnākara, you should understand that an upright mind is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When the bodhisattva attains Buddhahood, then beings who are free of flattery will be born in his country.
    A deeply searching mind is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who are endowed with blessings will be born in his country.
    A mind that aspires to bodhi or enlightenment is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings dedicated to the Great Vehicle will be born in his country
    Almsgiving is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who are capable of casting away everything will be born in his country.
    Keeping of the precepts is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who fulfill their vow to carry out the ten good actions will be born in his country.
    Forbearance is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who are adorned with the thirty-two features will be born in his country.
    Assiduousness is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who strive diligently to acquire all manner of blessings will be born in his country
    Meditation is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who can regulate their minds and keep them from disorder will be born in his country.
    Wisdom is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who are correct and certain in understanding will be born in his country.
    A mind devoted to the four immeasurable qualities is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings perfect in the exercise of pity, compassion, joy, and indifference will be born in his country.
    The four methods of winning people are the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who are regulated by the emancipations will be born in his country.
    Expedient means are the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who can employ all manner of expedient means with complete freedom will be born in his country.
    The thirty-seven elements of the Way are the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings will be born in his country who are proficient in the four states of mindfulness, the four types of correct effort, the four bases of supernatural power, the five roots of goodness, the five powers, the seven factors of enlightenment, and the eightfold holy path.
    A mind intent on transferring merit to others is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, he will acquire a country endowed with all manner of blessings.
    Teaching others to avoid the eight difficulties is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, his country will be free of the three evils and the eight difficulties. Observing the precepts himself but not taxing others with their shortcomings is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, no one in his country will be called a violater of prohibitions.
    The ten good actions are the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings will be born in his country who suffer no untimely death, possess great wealth, are pure in action, sincere and truthful in word, ever mild in speech, never alienated from kin or associates, skillful in solving disputes, invariably speaking profitable words, never envious, never irate, and correct in understanding.
    Therefore, Ratnākara, because the bodhisattva has an upright mind, he is impelled to action. Because he is impelled to action, he gains a deeply searching mind. Because he has a deeply searching mind, his will is well controlled. Because his will is well controlled, he acts in accord with the teachings. Because he acts in accord with the teachings, he can transfer merit to others. Because he transfers merit to others, he knows how to employ expedient means. Because he knows how to employ expedient means, he can lead others to enlightenment. Because he leads others to enlightenment, his Buddha land is pure. Because his Buddha land is pure, his preaching of the Law is pure. Because his preaching of the Law is pure, his wisdom is pure. Because his wisdom is pure, his mind is pure. And because his mind is pure, all the blessings he enjoys will be pure.
    Therefore, Ratnākara, if the bodhisattva wishes to acquire a pure land, he must purify his mind. When the mind is pure, the Buddha land will be pure.

    • On the practices carried out by bodhisattvas in purifying the lands. Chapter I, as translated by Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, 2000, ISBN: 0231106572.
  • Shariputra, it is the failings of living beings that prevent them from seeing the marvelous purity of the land of the Buddha, the Thus Come One. The Thus Come One is not to blame. Shariputra, this land of mine is pure, but you fail to see it.
    • Chapter I, as translated by Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, 2000, ISBN: 0231106572.

Unclassified

  • Behold now, Bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to decay. Strive with diligence!
    • Last words, as quoted in DN 16; Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6:8
    • Variant translations:
    • Mendicants, I now impress it upon you, the parts and powers of man must be dissolved; work out your own salvation with diligence.
      • As quoted in Present Day Tracts on the Non-Christian Religions of the World (1887) by Sir William Muir, p. 24
    • Now, then, monks, I exhort you: All fabrications are subject to decay. Bring about completion by being heedful.
      • translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
    • Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!
      • translated by Sister Vajira & Francis Story
  • Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.
    • The Jatka (From the Attainment of the Buddhaship. Also is in the Nirvana Sutta.)
  • I will not take final Nirvana until I have nuns and female disciples who are accomplished…until I have laywomen followers…who will….teach the Dhamma
    • as quoted by Dr Bettany Hughes Telegraph
  • In all things, there is neither male nor female.
    • Vimalakriti Sutra, as quoted by Dr Bettany Hughes Telegraph
  • Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse.
    Whatever a mother, father or other kinsman might do for you, the well-directed mind can do for you even better.

    • Pali Canon 42-43 Cittavagga The Mind.
  • Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the household life. (What are the two?) There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable. Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (the Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana. And what is that Middle Path realized by the Tathagata? … It is the Noble Eightfold Path, and nothing else, namely: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.
    • Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, as translated by Piyadassi Maha Thera (1999)
  • In a world become blind,
    I beat the drum of the Deathless.

    • Ariyapariyesana Sutta
  • Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.
    • Gautama Buddha, Sutta Nipāta
  • One day, Ananda, who had been thinking deeply about things for a while, turned to the Buddha and exclaimed: “Lord, I’ve been thinking – spiritual friendship is at least half of the spiritual life!” The Buddha replied: “Say not so, Ananda, say not so. Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!”
    • Gautama Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya, Mahāvagga, verse 2
  • In what is seen, there should be just the seen;
    In what is heard, there should be just the heard;
    In what is sensed;
    there should be just the sensed;
    In what is thought, there should be just the thought.

    He should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should he incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak in the world.

    • Gautama Buddha, Sutta Nipāta II,14
  • One should follow a man of wisdom who rebukes one for one’s faults, as one would follow a guide to some buried treasure. To one who follows such a wise man, it will be an advantage and not a disadvantage.

    These teachings are like a raft, to be abandoned once you have crossed the flood. Since you should abandon even good states of mind generated by these teachings, how much more so should you abandon bad states of mind!

    Conquer the angry man by love.
    Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
    Conquer the miser with generosity.
    Conquer the liar with truth.

    • Gautama Buddha, Dhammapada
  • In Aryans’ Discipline, to build a friendship is to build wealth, to maintain a friendship is to maintain wealth and to end a friendship is to end wealth.
    • Gautama Buddha, Cakkavatti Sutta, Patika Vagga, Digha Nikaya
  • Let your love flow outward through the universe,
    To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
    A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
    Then, as you stand or walk,
    Sit or lie down,
    As long as you are awake,
    Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
    Your life will bring heaven to earth.

    Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
    And the life of the candle will not be shortened.
    Happiness never decreases by being shared

    I teach one thing and one only: suffering and the end of suffering.

    Just as a mother would protect with her life her own son, her only son, so one should cultivate an unbounded mind towards all beings, and loving-kindness towards all the world. One should cultivate an unbounded mind, above and below and across, without obstruction, without enmity, without rivalry.
    Standing, or going, or seated, or lying down, as long as one is free from drowsiness, one should practice this mindfulness. This, they say, is the holy state here.

    • Gautama Buddha, Sutta Nipata
  • What is this world condition? Body is the world condition. And with body and form goes feeling, perception, consciousness, and all the activities throughout the world. The arising of form and the ceasing of form–everything that has been heard, sensed, and known, sought after and reached by the mind–all this is the embodied world, to be penetrated and realized.

    The fool thinks he has won a battle when he bullies with harsh speech, but knowing how to be forbearing alone makes one victorious.

    • Gautama Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya 
  • Make an island of yourself,
    make yourself your refuge;
    there is no other refuge.
    Make truth your island,
    make truth your refuge;
    there is no other refuge.

    • Gautama Buddha, Digha Nikaya, 16
  • Solitude is happiness for one who is content, who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees. Non-affliction is happiness in the world – harmlessness towards all living beings.
    • Gautama Buddha, Udana 10
  • Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise.
    • Gautama Buddha, Surangama Sutra 

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