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

The wise control their body, control their tongue and control their mind. The wise are indeed nirvana bound.

There are three ways to correct our faults: we can change through behavior. We can change through understanding. We can change from the heart. Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.

There is one moon and many reflections.

Thirty-six streams are rushing toward you! Desire and pleasure and lust... Play in your imagination with them and they will sweep you away.

Those who awaken never rest in one place. Like swans, they rise and leave the lake. On the air they rise and fly an invisible course. Their food is knowledge. They live on emptiness. They have seen how to break free. Who can follow them?

Through countless births in the cycle of existence I have run, not finding although seeking the builder of this house; and again and again I faced the suffering of new birth. Oh housebuilder! Now you are seen. You shall not build a house again for me. All your beams are broken, the ridgepole is shattered. The mind has become freed from conditioning: the end of craving has been reached.

To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.

The fragrance of sandalwood and rosebay does not travel far. But the fragrance of virtue rises to the heavens.

The mind is pure and luminous by nature. It is defiled only by adventitious thoughts and emotions.

The rain could turn to gold and still your thirst would not be slaked. Desire is unquenchable or it ends in tears, even in heaven.

The wise have mastered body, word and mind. They are the true masters.

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

There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.

This Ariyan Eightfold Path, that is to say: Right view, right aim, right speech, right action, right living, right effort, right mindfulness, right contemplation.

Those who by form did see me and those who followed me by voice. Wrong the efforts they engaged in, those people will not see me.

Through true honesty deeply believe that all sentient-beings are one. That all beings have the same true nature, wisdom, virtue.

To know your past and what has caused you, observe yourself in the present, since it is the effect of the past. To know your future, observe yourself in the present, since it is the cause the future.

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.

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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