Though he should conquer a thousand men in the
battlefield a thousand times, yet he, indeed, who would conquer himself
is the noblest victor.
Not to do any evil, To cultivate good, To purify one's
mind, – This is the advice of the Buddhas.
has a hundred parents, but
is an orphan.
Better a single day of life seeing the reality of arising
and passing away than a hundred years of existence remaining blind to it.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as
the deed; The deed develops into
habit; And habit hardens into
character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it
spring from love born out of concern for all beings.
He is able who thinks he is able.
We are shaped by our
thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is
a way of
life; foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to
will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for
blows will touch thee.
Hatreds never cease by hatreds in this world. By
alone they cease. This is an ancient Law.
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.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard
it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored
by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written
in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the
authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions
because they have been handed down for many generations. But after
observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it
and live up to it.
Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to
yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a
refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those,
who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no
external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and
holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one
another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful
as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one
another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
As the flectcher whittles and makes straight his arrows,
so the master directs his straying thoughts.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
"Buddha's Wisdom is broad as the ocean and His Spirit is full
Compassion. Buddha has no form but manifests Himself in
Exquisiteness and leads us with His whole heart of Compassion."1
Buddha's teachings recorded in over five thousand volumes
have been preserved and handed down for more than 2,500 years extending
beyond borders and racial barriers of the world. They touch on all aspects
of human life and bring meaning to it.
Buddha about Happiness
The mind is the source of
Tame the mind. This is the greatest challenge before you. It rushes
here and there, swifter than the wind, more slippery than water. If
you can arrest the flights of the mind to your will,
be assured to you...
Buddha's Path To Liberation
From right understanding proceeds right
from right thought proceeds right
from right speech proceeds right
The Wheel of Life in Buddhism
Buddha about Conquering
Conquer the angry man by
Buddha always emphasized the rational pursuit of truth. "He
instructed his disciples to critically judge his words before accepting
them. He always advocated reason over blind faith.
"Buddha was speaking about reality," says
"Reality may be one, in its deepest essence, but Buddha also stated that all
propositions about reality are only contingent. Reality is devoid of any
intrinsic identity that can be captured by any one single proposition –
that is what Buddha meant by "voidness." Therefore, Buddhism strongly
discourages blind faith and fanaticism."
"Of course, there are different truths on different levels.
Things are true relative to other things; "long" and "short" relate to each
other, "high" and "low," and so on. But is there any absolute truth?
Something self-sufficient, independently true in itself? I don't think so."
Buddhism we have the
concept of "interpretable truths," teachings that are reasonable and logical
for certain people in certain situations. Buddha himself taught different
teachings to different people under different circumstances. For some
people, there are beliefs based on a Creator. For others, no Creator. The
only "definitive truth" for Buddhism is the absolute negation of any one
truth as the Definitive Truth.'3