Buddhist Quotes

Buddhist Quotes (Quotations) “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

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

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; YOU are the one getting burned.” (Read an Essay on Anger – 3 Realisations and Solutions)

“Pay no attention to the faults of others,
things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.”

“We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.”

“I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.”

One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”
“No”, answered Buddha.
“Then are you a healer?”
“No”, Buddha replied.
“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
“No, I am not a teacher.”
“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.
“I am awake”, Buddha replied.

“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.” (Read an essay on Ordinary Happiness and True Happiness)

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.
It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”  Sylvia Boorstein  (Read an essay and how to do Buddhist Minfulness)

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

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.”

“Seeing the Way is like going into a dark room with a torch; the darkness instantly departs, while the light alone remains. When the Way is attained and the truth is seen, ignorance vanishes and enlightenment abides forever.”

“Mindfulness is Buddha’s word for meditation. By mindfulness he means: you should always remain alert, watchful. You should always remain present. Not a single thing should be done in a sort of sleepy state of mind. You should not move like a somnambulist, you should move with a sharp consciousness.” – Osho (Read an Essay on Buddhist Meditation is simply moment-to-moment awareness)

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh (Read an essay on Meditation: Cooking with Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness)

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”  (Read an essay on Loving-Kindness Meditation)

“You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.”  (Read an essay on Buddhist Mindfulness: One Potato at a Time)

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.” (Read an essay on Ordinary Happiness and True Happiness)

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

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

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion, if you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  The Dalai Lama (See Dalai Lama’s Video on Unbiassed compassion)

“As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery.
We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger and attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion,
a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.”
The Dalai Lama (Read an essay on Ordinary Happiness and True Happiness)