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 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.

The friend who is a helpmate, the friend in happiness and woe, the friend who gives good counsel, the friend who sympathizes too - these four as friends the wise behold and cherish them devotedly as does a mother her own child.

The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.

The real Brahmin is the one who has crossed beyond duality ... knows no this shore, other shore, or both ... is settled in mind... without inflowing thoughts ...is without attachment ...endures undisturbed criticism, ill-treatment and bonds, (and is) strong in patience...is without anger, devout, upright, free from craving, disciplined and in his last body... has experienced the end of his suffering here in this life, who has set down the burden, freed!

The wise man delights in the truth and follows the law of the awakened. The farmer channels water to his land. The fletcher whittles his arrows. And the carpenter turns his wood. So the wise man directs his mind.

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

There is pleasure, and there is bliss. Forgo the first to possess the second. Easy to do are things that are bad and harmful to oneself. But exceedingly difficult to do are things that are good and beneficial.

This existence of ours is as transient as Autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.

Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

The gift of the Truth beats all other gifts. The flavor of the Truth beats all other tastes. The joy of the Truth beats all other joys, and the cessation of desire conquers all suffering

The mind is very subtle, difficult to perceive, and restless. The wise person should guard it, since a guarded mind is conducive to joyfulness.

The root of ALL suffering is desire.

The wise man tells you where you have fallen and where you yet may fall - Invaluable secrets! Follow him, follow the way. By your own folly you will be brought as low as you worst enemy wishes.

There is a way to be purified, to overcome sorrows and grief, to release suffering, to secure the right path to realize nirvana. This is to be mindful.

There is, Oh Monks, a not-born, a not-become, a not-made, a not-compounded. Monks, if that unborn, not-become, not-made, not-compounded were not, there would be no escape from this here that is born, become, made and compounded.

This indeed is a safe refuge, it is the refuge supreme. It is the refuge whereby one is freed from all suffering.

Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination.

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world: as star at dawn, a bubble in a stream. A flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

To refrain from evil and from strong drink and to be always, steadfast in virtue; this is the good luck.

The gift of truth excels all other gifts.

The most dangerous thief is unwholesome thought.

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.

Author Picture
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