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Buddha

Indian philosopher and spiritual leader  (B.C. 483-563)

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"We are what we think."  ~ Buddha

 

Quotes

Character, Personality

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.

Success has a hundred parents, but failure 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. 

Relationships

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 love 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 height.

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.

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About Buddha

"Buddha's Wisdom is broad as the ocean and His Spirit is full of great 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 happiness and unhappiness.

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, happiness will be assured to you... More

 

Buddha's Path To Liberation

From right understanding proceeds right thought;

from right thought proceeds right speech;

from right speech proceeds right action... More

The Wheel of Life in Buddhism

Buddha about Conquering

Conquer the angry man by love... More

Truth

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 Dalai Lama.3 "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."

"In 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

 
 

 

References:

  1. "The Teaching of Buddha", Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Buddhist Promotion Foundation)

  2. Seven Masters, One Path, John Selby

  3. The Dalai Lama interview with Robert Thurman, 1997

  4. The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Buddha Gotama

  5. Buddha, Deepak Chopra

  6. What the Buddha Taught, Wlapola Rahula

  7. Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das

  8. Harnessing Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Vadim Kotelnikov

  9. Personal Success 360, Vadim Kotelnikov

  10. The Art of Happiness, HH the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Howard C. Cutler