101 Buddha Quotes

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much. Not even your father or your mother.

Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.

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

You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind.

You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.

You only lose what you cling to.

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.

You are the source of all purity and impurity. No one purifies another.

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

Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.

When it is impossible for anger to arise within you, you find no outside enemies anywhere.

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

What we think, we become. Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.

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.

We are what we think. With our thoughts, we make our world.

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

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.

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

To forgive others is to be good to yourself.

To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.

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.

To be angry is to let others’ mistakes punish yourself.

Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.

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

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.

There is pleasure, and there is bliss. Forgo the first to possess the second.

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

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.

There is no fire like passion. No crime like hatred. No sorrow like separation. No sickness like hunger, and no joy like the joy of freedom.

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

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

The Way is not in the sky. The Way is in the heart.

The tongue like a sharp knife kills without drawing blood.

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.

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

The greatest prayer is patience.

The conquest of oneself is better than the conquest of all others.

Suppose an enemy has hurt you in his own domain, why should you annoy yourself and hurt your mind in your own domain?

Peace of Mind in Daily Life

Peace of Mind in Daily Life

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

One thought leads to heaven, one thought leads to hell.

One is not low because of birth nor does birth make one holy. Deeds alone make one low, deeds alone make one holy.

On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property.

Nothing is permanent.

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

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

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

Let yourself be open and life will be easier.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, 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.

Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.

Learn to stay calm and poised in the midst of whatever is happening in your life, not taking anything too personally, or getting upset by what people say or do.

Learn how to strengthen your willpower and selfdiscipline, gain inner strength, and improve your selfconfidence, decisiveness and perseverance.

Learn how to quiet the constant chatter of your mind, and enjoy a state of inner peace in the various situations of your life.

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

It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one’s own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.

It is better to do nothing, than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.

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

Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished.

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.

If you wish to be gentle with others, be gentle first with yourself.

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

If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.

I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.

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

How easy it is to see your brother’s faults. How hard it is to face your own.

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.

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

He is able who thinks he is able.

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

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Happiness is a journey not a destination.

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

Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful.

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

Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox.

Every human being is the author of his ow n health or disease.

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

Emotional Detachment For a Better Life

Emotional Detachment For a Better Life

Easy to do are things that are bad and harmful to oneself. But exceedingly difficult to do are things that are good and beneficial.

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

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

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

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.

Do not believe in anything simply because you’ve 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.

But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.

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

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.

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.

Being deeply learned and skilled, being welltrained and using well-spoken words, this is good luck.

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

Be a lamp unto yourself.

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

Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.

An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.

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.

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

All the information, advice, instructions and exercises you need for improving your concentration and focusing your mind.

All that we are is the 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.

All know the Way, but few actually walk it.

A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others. Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

A jug fills drop by drop.

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.

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.

from http://www.SuccessConsciousness.com

by Compiled by Remez Sasson

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In Asura, by Anand neelakantan., The great King Mahabali, advises Ravana to shun the nine base emotions of anger; pride; jealousy; happiness; sadness; fear; selfishness; passion and ambition. Intellect alone is to be revered.
Ravana responds :
“Your highness, these are noble thoughts, but what you are demanding is impossible. I am sorry to say this, but is the shedding of the nine emotions or nine thinking heads as you call them, which I need to shed for the sake of success, practical? I am a good student and I have learnt my lessons well but I shall always have my own opinion about things. Do not think that I am arrogant. Please hear me out.
You were talking about anger, your Highness. I agree, that misdirected anger can cause harm. But is it not a basic emotion of life? If I do not get angry at the plight of the Asura tribe, that once-mighty race which Sy rut built the greatest civilization the earth has known till now, how can I claim to be one of its worthy sons? Can’t I be furious when thousands live in inhuman conditions under the yoke of Deva kings and their vassal Asura fiends? If I cannot feel frustration about the forgotten Asura arts, demolished Asura religion, pulverized Asura temples, destroyed Asura kingdoms, and cowering cowards who drag themselves on all fours in front of Deva kings and petty nobles claiming to represent Asura interests, tell me sir, what emotion should I feel? Is it not anger that will electrify my thoughts and push me into positive action? I am sorry sir, but I will never lose this emotional head – the head of anger.
Why should pride and vanity be held in contempt? I feel proud about my people, our race, our culture, language art and music. I feel proud about myself for having immense energy and the will to succeed. I do not believe that a person should always be meek, beg for food or live in eternal poverty and all the stuff which Brahmins preach but not a single one ever practises.
If I struggle hard in my life to achieve success, I have every right to be proud of it, I have every right to bask in vanity and luxury. Why did the kings of the past build great temples and cities? Why did the nobles donate towards charity and religion? Is it not to exhibit their vanity and pride? Most humble men are either hypocrites or have much to be humble about. Success breeds pride and vanity. And pride is the only reward of success.
Jealousy is the biggest force that motivates humankind. Why do empires compete with each other? Why do kings try to outsmart each other in what they do, if not motivated by the jealousy they feel? Jealousy is the driving force of progress, envy is the motivating motivating force of life. The need for importance is the most important of urges after the basic physical urges of food, shelter and sex. Even these basic urges have their root in jealousy. To deny jealousy is to deny the basic instincts of man. Sorry sir, but what you are asking is impractical.
You talk about equanimity in sadness and happiness. Is this possible ever? When my beloved ones depart from this world, should I remain calm? Should I deny myself the consolation of crying? If I become incapable of feeling happiness, what shall become of me? If I do not find happiness in the beauty of the rising sun, if I cannot feel ecstasy in the smile of a little baby, if I cannot lose myself in the happiness of music, is life worth living? Fear is the greatest instinct of man and beast, and you ask me to ignore it. Sir, I am not afraid to say that I am scared. I am frightened of many things. I am no coward but fear sleeps somewhere in my heart. I am afraid of death and the people who claim they are not afraid of death. They are either foolish and will drag others down with them also, or they are evil men who hate everybody.
I am afraid of losing many things, worthless though they may be, but I would have gained them through my sweat and blood. I am afraid that my loved ones may fall prey to disease. I am afraid that some battles might claim my faithful brothers. Strong rain can wash away my sister and mother into the waiting ocean. I am aware with every breath I take that I take steps towards my death. But I do not fear fear so much as to deny its very existence. It is this fear that helps me remain prepared for dangers that I must face. It is fear that makes me understand that there are things that I cannot control and helps me to understand God and myself.
You call selfishness a base emotion. But it is this trait which has built great cities around the world and the very foundation of ambition. Without a highly centered ego and the desire to achieve the treasures of this world, would one succeed in life? When I see a lovely girl, a fascinating place, a charming village, a sparkling diamond, a prosperous S a fascina country, ambition flutters in my soul. I want the charms of this world to be mine and mine alone. You may try to kill my base thoughts, but my King, pardon my impudence impudence and tell me in all honesty, was it not from the same selfishness that you built an empire? You did not become a mendicant, but strived to become the Emperor of the whole world. If it was not for this base instinct of selfishness, why did you slay thousands in war? Why did you lead your mighty armies against the Devas? You had one aim only, you wanted glory for yourself, your clan, your tribe – whichever way one looks at it, the word you is prominent. I want to achieve whatever you achieved and much more. I am willing to risk being known as the most selfish man in the world, rather than dying unknown as a selfless non-entity.”
The old man sat there with fire in his eyes. I felt myself cowering. But, as I had started, I did not want to leave things unsaid. I collected my thoughts and pressed on, “It’s pity that you and Brahma look down on love as a base emotion. Without love, without the king of emotions, nothing exists. There’s nothing more pure than the love of a mother for her baby. If one has not felt the painful need to be with one’s lover, if you do not feel the love for your own brothers, sisters, your father who made you, your mother who carried you in her womb and raised you with her blood and milk, for friends and those little cherished moments of togetherness, your wife for sharing your life with you and for your children for carrying your life forward, then is this life worth living? Is it not love for your country, tribe, language, religion, Gods, and so many other things, which may seem trivial but which are so preciously held in the bosom of men, that has led to so much bloodshed and war? People have died for love in the past and will continue to do so as long as the world exists. I shall always love the things I have told you about. But yes, I shall love myself above them all. Without me, nothing which is lovable has any meaning to me. I love because I exist and I exist because I love – I love myself.
Ambition is the key to progress. Without ambition, the kings of Egypt would not be so busy building those pyramids right now. Without ambition, men would have remained hunters. There would not have been wheels, horsecarts or chariots, magnificent cities, temples and palaces, nor majestic sailing ships. Without ambition, we would not have had a Mahabali or Indra. Ambition is the horse that pulls our lives forward.
The amazing speed of progress man has achieved in the past few years would have not been achieved without that small flame of ambition in the minds of a few men, which was fanned to become a huge fire by the other emotions you have urged me to shun. Pride in one’s capability gave men the confidence and ambition to grow; jealousy that someone else would achieve more prodded him to work hard and more efficiently; the quest for happiness resulted in ever-expanding ambition; the fear of sadness kept him awake at night and pushed him further; the fear of failure made him more careful and God-fearing; selfishness glued his family, city, clan, tribe and country together and made him strive even harder. Love for life and the things which made life precious, made him protect his achievements. and I am sure an undying ambition for more will lead mankind to progress. Progress, which we cannot even imagine, can never understand in our short lifetime.
My beloved Emperor, please do not feel sorrow if I speak my heart. You were talking about intelligence being the only head worth having. I agree it is important. But history teaches us that without any of the other emotions, it is just an empty skeleton. There is no life in it. Sir, it was not the maharishis or sages who built civilizations but extraordinary men, who never controlled their emotions, b Sr eifeut let them flow in the direction which nature intended. No mendicant living in a forest ever conceived a great city, no sage was determined to built the great temples, no Brahmin desired to built great ships for commerce and trade. These were built by men who had pride in their veins, anger in their minds, who cried when they felt sad and laughed when they were happy, who were frightened when confronted by forces or events bigger than themselves, but strove forward with determination and a selfish love for all that they cherished. They constantly kept raising their levels of ambition. Intelligence is just a tool to serve our emotions and I want to live as God intended man to live.
My aim is neither become God nor achieve moksha. At best I think, those are old wives tales. I do not believe in a heaven where you will be given all that you purposefully denied yourself in this world. I do not believe in rebirth, when I will be born as a Brahmin if I do good deeds in this life – good in the way the Brahmins describe. If being born a Brahmin is the ultimate reward, then I may even refuse to die for fear of being reborn.
I am sad to disappoint you, but I shall live like a man and die as one. I will never try to be a God. I will live exactly as my emotions tell me to. I do not want to be a model man for future generations to follow. My life begins with me and ends with me. But I will live my life to its full and die as a man should. So borrowing from your words, I shall be a man with ten faces – I am Dasamukha.”