Buddhism Quotes


Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

Buddhism    Gratitude    Joy    Mindfulness    Zen

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Alone    Buddha    Buddhism    Destiny    Fate    Future    Lone    Past    Path    Present    Save    Saying    Walk

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

Buddhism    Metaphysics    Philosophy    Religion    Tao    Taoism    Theology    Zen

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.

Buddhism    Common sense    Life    Zen

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.

Anger    Buddhism    Freedom    Happiness    Peace

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.

Even if things don't unfold the way you expected, don't be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

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.

Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.

The Art of Power

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Power

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha

If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.

If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart...

Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.
[
Kalama Sutta, AN 3.65
]

People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.

It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along; and therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with the bliss of the Way.
[
Sutra of 42 Sections
]

Greater in battle
than the man who would conquer
a thousand-thousand men,
is he who would conquer
just one —
himself.
Better to conquer yourself
than others.
When you've trained yourself,
living in constant self-control,
neither a deva nor gandhabba,
nor a Mara banded with Brahmas,
could turn that triumph
back into defeat.

it is impossible to build one's own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.

I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I'm definitely not religious, and I'm very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people's behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there's nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don't know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said 'If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.'
This makes as much sense to me as anything I ever heard from, for example, the Reverend Pat Robertson.

Dave Barry Does Japan

Dave Barry Alan Zweibel

Dave Barry Does Japan

Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.

Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.

Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself.

Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew.

Buddhism    Christian    Christianity    Hindu    Hinduism    Islam    Jew    Judaism    Muslim    Religion

Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.

The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.

Attachment leads to suffering.

As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don't deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity.

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.

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

Buddhism    Peace    Words

It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And she said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.

O snail
Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!

Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there's a big disappointment, we don't know if that's the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don't know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don't know.

It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way.

The Art of Power

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Power

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," said Buddha.

Leave behind the passive dreaming of a rose-tinted future. The energy of happiness exists in living today with roots sunk firmly in reality's soil.

True change is within; leave the outside as it is.

Why should we place Christ at the top and summit of the human race? Was he kinder, more forgiving, more self-sacrificing than
Buddha
? Was he wiser, did he meet death with more perfect calmness, than
Socrates
? Was he more patient, more charitable, than
Epictetus
? Was he a greater philosopher, a deeper thinker, than
Epicurus
? In what respect was he the superior of
Zoroaster
? Was he gentler than
Lao-tsze
, more universal than
Confucius
? Were his ideas of human rights and duties superior to those of
Zeno
? Did he express grander truths than
Cicero
? Was his mind subtler than
Spinoza
’s? Was his brain equal to
Kepler
’s or
Newton
’s? Was he grander in death – a sublimer martyr than
Bruno
? Was he in intelligence, in the force and beauty of expression, in breadth and scope of thought, in wealth of illustration, in aptness of comparison, in knowledge of the human brain and heart, of all passions, hopes and fears, the equal of
Shakespeare
, the greatest of the human race?

No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.

Lord of Light

Robert Zelazny Robert Sheckley

Lord of Light
Buddhism    History    Humanity    Memory    Narrative    Reality    Semiotics    Story    Truthful    Words

To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.

The Art of Power

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Power

The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.

Buddha    Buddhism    Life    Living    Religion    Spirituality

The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. . . Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there's some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. . . Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.

I am a lover of what is, not because I'm a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.

Where there are humans,
You'll find flies,
And Buddhas.

Buddhism    Flies    Zen

Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.

Buddhism    Buddhist    Hermit    Japan    Japanese    Monk    Philosophers    Philosophy    Poem    Poems    Poetry    Ryokan    Seers    Zen    Zen monk

Whether our action is wholesome or unwholesome depends on whether that action or deed arises from a disciplined or undisciplined state of mind. It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that
bringing about discipline within one's mind is the essence of the Buddha's teaching.

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.

A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?"
Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason.

Whereever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.

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