Buddha on Life, Wisdom and Inspiration

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


The mind is everything. What you think you become.


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


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.


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.


Words do not express thoughts very well; every thing 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.


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


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


With fools, there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate, let a man walk alone.


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.


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



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


Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.


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


You only lose what you cling to.


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


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.


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.


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


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


A man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.”

Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire. See now you are left with only “Happiness.”


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.


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.


Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.


Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.


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


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


Of those beings who live in ignorance, shut up and confined, as it were, in an egg, I have first broken the eggshell of ignorance and alone in the universe obtained the most exalted, universal Buddhahood.


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.


Attachment leads to suffering.


The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.


He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana.


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


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.


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


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


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


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Meditate.

Live purely. Be quiet.

Do your work with mastery.

Like the moon, come out

from behind the clouds!

Shine.


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


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


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


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


True love is born from understanding.


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


People with opinions just go around bothering one another.


Nothing is forever except chance.


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


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


 

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