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Top 50 Inspiring Buddha Quotes about Life

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Buddha Quotes: The Buddha (also known as Siddhartha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni) was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India (c. 5th to 4th century BCE). He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism and worshipped by most Buddhist schools as the Enlightened One who has transcended Karma and escaped the cycle of birth and rebirth. He taught for around 45 years and built a large following, both monastic and lay. His teaching is based on his insight into duḥkha (typically translated as “suffering”) and the end of dukkha – the state called Nibbāna or Nirvana.

Common Questions about Buddha

Is a Buddha a god?

The religion’s founder, Buddha, is considered an extraordinary man, but not a god. The word Buddha means “enlightened.” The path to enlightenment is attained by utilizing morality, meditation and wisdom. … Buddha’s most important teachings, known as The Four Noble Truths, are essential to understanding the religion.

Who created humans in Buddhism?

According to the Aggañña Sutta (DN. 27), humans originated at the beginning of the current kalpa as deva-like beings reborn from the Ābhāsvara deva-realm.

Why Buddhist monks shave their head?

Ridding of your hair serves as a symbol of renunciation of worldly ego and fashion. In Buddhismshaving your head (and face) is part of Pabbajja. Pabbajja is when a person leaves their home and “goes forth” to live the life of a Buddhist renunciate among ordained monks. It is a paramount step to becoming a monk.

Our Favorite Buddha Quotes about Life

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

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

“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.”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon.... If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”

“You only lose what you cling to.”

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”

“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”

“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.”

“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”

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“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.”

“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.

“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.

“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.”

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change. ”

“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.”

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”

“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”

“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself, No one can purify another.”

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

“True love is born from understanding.”

“Nothing is forever except change.”

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“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all. ”

“The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.”

“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment”

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.”

“With our thoughts we make the world.”

“Attachment leads to suffering.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?”

“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.”

“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”

“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.”

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.”

“Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all”

“It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

“You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.”

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

“A man asked Gautama Buddha, "I want happiness." Buddha said, "First remove "I," that's Ego, then remove "want," that's Desire. See now you are left with only "Happiness.”

“What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.”

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

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