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

To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family.

The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.

The places delight where saints dwell whether in the village or in the forest; in deep water or on dry land.

The wind cannot overturn a mountain. Temptation cannot touch the man who is awake, strong and humble, who masters himself and minds the dharma.

There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.

Thirst for existence, O monks, has a specific condition, it is nourished by something, it also does not go without support. And what is that nourishment? It is ignorance.

Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.

The four categories of existence, non-existence, both existence and non-existence, and neither existence nor non-existence, are spiderwebs among spiderwebs which can never take hold of the enormous bird of reality

The masters only point the way. But if you meditate and follow the dharma you will free yourself from desire.

The practice of friendliness would finally lead to gentleness of character, positive state of mind, inner peace, freedom from conceit, absence of anger, inner joy and eventually freedom from birth and death.

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.

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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