Siddhartha Gautama, who would one day become known as Buddha (“enlightened one” or “the awakened”), lived in Nepal during the 6th to 4th century B.C. While scholars agree that he did in fact live, the events of his life are still debated. According to the most widely known story of his life, after experimenting with different teachings for years, and finding none of them acceptable, Gautama spent a fateful night in deep meditation. During his meditation, all of the answers he had been seeking became clear, and achieved full awareness, thereby becoming Buddha. (Source).
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The Wisdom of Buddha

Thoughts on the mind and wisdom

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.


Thoughts on anger and resentment

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.

“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.


Thoughts on the Self

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.


Thoughts on the Truth and the Path to Enlightenment

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.

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

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.

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


Thoughts on Relationships and Goodness

To understand everything is to forgive everything.

However many holy words you read,However many you speak,What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?

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.

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.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

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


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Spiritual Secrets

When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

A jug fills drop by drop.

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.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.


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