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

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

Author Quotes

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

Two things partake of supreme knowledge. What two? Tranquility and insight. If tranquility is developed , what benefit does it bring? The mind becomes developed. And what is the benefit of a developed mind? All lust is abandoned. If insight is developed, what benefit does it bring? Wisdom becomes developed. And what is the benefit of developed wisdom? All ignorance is abandoned. A mind defiled by lust is not freed; and wisdom defiled by ignorance cannot develop. Thus, through the fading away of lust there is liberation of mind; and through the fading away of ignorance there is liberation by wisdom.

What I know is like the leaves on that tree; what I teach is only a small part. But I offer it to all with an open hand. What do I not teach? Whatever is fascinating to discuss, divides people against each other, but has no bearing on putting an end to sorrow. What do I teach? Only what is necessary to take you to the other shore.

When a man venerates those worthy of veneration, be they Buddhas or their disciples, who have transcended all obstacles and passed beyond sorrow and tears - venerating such as these, whose passions are extinguished and for whom there is no further source for fear, no one can calculate how great his merit is.

When wishes are few, the heart is happy. When craving ends, there is peace.

Winning gives birth to hostility. Losing, one lies down in pain. The calmed lie down with ease, having set winning and losing aside.

You are as the yellow leaf. The messengers of death are at hand. You are to travel far away. What will you take with you?

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger… Let a man overcome anger by love.

Understand that the body is merely the foam of a wave, the shadow of a shadow.

What is all this debate and discourse on truth and untruth ? There are many who see truth in untruth, and untruth where truth exists. They are the deluded ones. They follow the path of vain glory.

When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error.

When with deep and even-minded awareness one sees only the incessant arising and fading of body- and mind-states, one knows utter bliss. the discerning thus apprehend the Deathless.

Wisdom springs from meditation; without meditation wisdom wanes. Having known these two paths of progress and decline, let a man so conduct himself that his wisdom may increase.

You are far from the end of your journey. The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. See how you love

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

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.

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.

When action comes out of nothing it creates no karma.

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

With gentleness overcome anger. With generosity overcome meanness. With truth overcome deceit.

You are reckless, and desire grows. But the master is wakeful. He watches his body. In all his actions he discriminates, and he becomes pure. He is without blame.

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

Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.

What is most needed is a loving heart.

When Buddha was on his death bed he noticed his young disciple Anan was weeping. 'Why are you weeping, Anan?' he asked. 'Because the light of the world is about to be extinguished and we will be in darkness.' The Buddha summoned up all his remaining energy and spoke what were to be his final words on earth: 'Anan, Anan, be a light unto yourself.'

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First Name
Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni
Birth Date
c. 560 B.C.
Death Date
c. 480 B.C.
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Hindu Religious Teacher, Founder of Buddhism