Gautama Buddha (c. 563 – c. 483 BC) was a teacher, and religious leader. “Buddha”, meaning “awakened one” or “enlightened one” is a title, not a name; the Shakyamuni Buddha, whose original name was Siddhartha Gautama, was the founder of Buddhism.
Some of the fundamentals of the teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha are:
The Four Noble Truths: that suffering is an ingrained part of existence; that the origin of suffering is craving for sensuality, acquisition of identity, and annihilation; that suffering can be ended; and that following the Noble Eightfold Path is the means to accomplish this.
The Noble Eightfold Path: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
Dependent origination: the mind creates suffering as a natural product of a complex process.
Rejection of the infallibility of accepted scripture: Teachings should not be accepted unless they are borne out by our experience and are praised by the wise.
Anicca (Sanskrit: anitya): That all things that come to be have an end.
Dukkha (Sanskrit: dukha): That nothing which comes to be is ultimately satisfying.
Anatta (Sanskrit: anatman): That nothing in the realm of experience can really be said to be “I” or “mine”.
Nibbana (Sanskrit: Nirvana): It is possible for sentient beings to realize a dimension of awareness which is totally unconstructed and peaceful, and end all suffering due to the mind’s interaction with the conditioned world.
Selected Classic Quotes, Inspirational Quotes and Life Quotes by Buddha:
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“ 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.”
“ Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
“ Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
“ It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
“ Whatever is felt is within suffering.”
“ Death in battle would be better for me than that I, defeated, survive.”
“ No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
“ The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
“ Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
“ 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.”
“ There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
“ To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
“ We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
“ You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
“ 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.”
“ To understand everything is to forgive everything.”
“ You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“ Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“ An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
“ 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.”
“ Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
“ All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
“ You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
“ 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.”
“ 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.”