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Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni

(c. 560 B.C. - c. 480 B.C.)


Hindu Religious Teacher, Founder of Buddhism

A Brahman saw the Buddha meditating by the River. He engaged the Buddha in conversation. "What caste are you? Asked the Brahman. "Caste is irrelevant." Said the Buddha. "How so," said the Brahman, "surely you would agree that Brahman and royalty are of considerable worth whereas peasants and commoners are not?" "Caste and riches matter not," replied the Buddha, "it is one's conduct that matters." "How so," said the Brahman. "In that fire comes from any type of wood so can a wise person come from any caste. It is through the knowing of truth that one becomes noble not through caste. The noble one is the one that doesn't cling to unworthy attachments. The noble one realizes the true way that things are, he no longer thinks of himself as a self and thus has gained clarity." "You are truly wise," said the Brahman.
A Brahman saw the Buddha resting under a tree in meditation. The Brahman was impressed with the Buddha's way. He asked, "Are you a god?" "No, Brahman, I'm not a god." "Are you an angel?" "No", replied the Buddha. "You must be a spirit then?" “No, I'm not a spirit," said the Buddha. "Then what are you?" "I'm awake."
A controlled mind is conducive to joyfulness.
A corporeal phenomenon, a feeling, a perception, a mental formation, a consciousness, which is permanent and persistent, eternal and not subject to change, such a thing the wise men in this world do not recognize; and I also say that there is no such thing.
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.
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 fool acquires knowledge only to his own disadvantage. It destroys what good he has, and turns his brains.
A fool associating himself with a wise man all his life sees not the truth, just as the spoon does not enjoy the taste of the soup.
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.