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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Buddha Quotes

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60 Buddhist Quotes

1. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” –Buddha
2. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
3. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha
4. “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” – Buddha
5. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha
6. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha
7. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha
8. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
9. “If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” – Buddha
10. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha
11. “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” – Buddha
12. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha
13. “How many ever holy words you read, how many ever you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” – Buddha
14. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha
15. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha
16. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha
17. “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha
18. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
19. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” – Buddha
20. “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.” – Buddha
21. “Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – Buddha
22. “When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow.” – Buddha
23. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” – Buddha
24. “You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha
25. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
26. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha
27. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha
28. “Doubt everything. Find your own light.” – Buddha
29. “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” – Buddha
30. “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
31. “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” – Buddha
32. “Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” –Buddha
33. “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” – Buddha
34. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha
35. “There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.” – Buddha
36. “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If the mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?” – Buddha
37. “Purity or impurity depends on oneself, No one can purify another.” – Buddha
38. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” –Buddha
39. “True love is born from understanding.” – Buddha
40. “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others” – Buddha
41. “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha
42. “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.” – Buddha
43. “If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.” – Buddha
44. “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.” – Buddha
45. “Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.” – Buddha
46. “To understand everything is to forgive everything” – Buddha
47. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha
48. “When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky” – Buddha
49. “Patience is key. Remember: A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha
50. “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha
51. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha
52. “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” – Buddha
53. “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” – Buddha
54. “Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” – Buddha
55. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” – Buddha
56. “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” – Buddha
57. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha
58. “The darkest night is ignorance” – Buddha
59. “I never see what has been done, I only see what remains to be done.” – Buddha
60. “Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.” – Buddha

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A Story about Buddha


Today is Buddha Poornima. 21 May 2016.

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In the words on Osho.    

There is a beautiful story.

Gautam Buddha comes into a town. 
The whole town has gathered to listen to him but he goes on waiting, looking backward at the road — because a small girl, not more than thirteen years old, has met him on the road and told him, “Wait for me. I am going to give this food to my father at the farm, but I will be back in time. But don’t forget, wait for me.”

Finally, the elders of the town say to Gautam Buddha, “For whom are you waiting? Everybody important is present; you can start your discourse.”

Buddha says, “But the person for whom I have come so far is not yet present and I have to wait.”

Finally, the girl arrives and she says, “I am a little late, but you kept your promise. I knew you would keep the promise, you had to keep the promise because I have been waiting for you since I became aware… maybe I was four years old when I heard your name. Just the name and something started ringing a bell in my heart. And since then it has been so long — ten years maybe — that I have been waiting.”

And Buddha says, “You have not been waiting uselessly. You are the person who has been attracting me to this village.”

And he speaks, and that girl is the only one who comes to him: “Initiate me. I have waited enough, and now I want to be with you.”

Buddha says, “You have to be with me because your town is so far off the way that I cannot come again and again. The road is long, and I am getting old.”

In that whole town, not a single person came up to be initiated into meditation — only that small girl.

In the night when they were going to sleep, Buddha’s chief disciple Ananda asked, “Before you go to sleep I want to ask you one question: do you feel a certain pull towards a certain space — just like a magnetic pull?”

And Buddha said, “You are right. That’s how I decide my journeys. When I feel that somebody is thirsty — so thirsty that without me, there is no way for the person — I have to move in that direction.”

The master moves towards the disciple.
The disciple moves towards the master.
Sooner or later they are going to meet.

The meeting is not of the body, the meeting is not of the mind. The meeting is of the very souls — as if suddenly you bring two lamps close to each other; the lamps remain separate but their flames become one. Between two bodies when the soul is one, it is very difficult to say that it is a relationship. It is not, but there is no other word; language is really poor.
It is at-oneness.

Osho – “The Osho Upanishad”

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