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

Wakefulness is the way to life. The fool sleeps as if he were already dead, but the Master is awake and he lives forever. He watches. He is clear. How happy he is! For he sees that wakefulness is life. How happy he is, following the path of the awakened. With Great perseverance he meditates, seeking freedom and happiness.

What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.

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

Wherever we go, wherever we remain, the results of our actions follow us.

Wonderful it is to train the mind so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants. Good is it to have a well-trained mind, for a well-trained mind brings happiness.

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.

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.

Watering the flowers and the trees, whispering to them, talking to them. Then, they will grow to be more bright and luxuriant.

Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse.

When need arises, pleasant (is it to have) friends. Pleasant is it to be content with just this and that. Pleasant is merit when life is at an end. Pleasant is the shunning of all ill.

While a man desires a woman, his mind is bound as closely as a calf to its mother. As you would pluck an autumn lily, pluck the arrow of desire. For he who is awake has shown you the way of peace. Give yourself to the journey.

Words do not express thoughts very well; everything 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.

You cannot travel on the path before you have become the Path itself.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. 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.

Whatever is felt is within suffering.

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.

Who you are is what you have been. Who you'll be is what you do now.

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

You create what you defend against.

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

Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation.

When sitting quietly, reflect upon our own faults. When speaking with friends do not discuss the rights and wrongs of others.

Whoever follows impure thoughts suffers in this world and the next. In both worlds he suffers and how greatly. Understand that the body is merely the foam of a wave, the shadow of a shadow.

Work out your own salvation with diligence.

You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.

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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.

Hindu Religious Teacher, Founder of Buddhism