Inspirational Buddha Quotes

'Buddha quotes' contain the essence of Buddhist teachings, which have exhorted millions of spiritual seekers across the ages to be the best they can be.

I hope they serve the same purpose for you.

"Nothing is to be clung to as I, me or mine"

"You have to do your own work; Enlightened Ones will only show the way. Those who practise meditation will free themselves from the chains of death"

"You yourself must earnestly practise, the enlightened ones only proclaim the path"

"Abstain from all sinful, unwholesome actions, perform only pious wholesome ones, purify the mind; this is the teaching of enlightened ones"

"Mind precedes all phenomena, mind matters most, everything is mind-made. If with an impure mind, you speak or act, then suffering follows you as the cartwheel follows the foot of the draft animal. If with a pure mind, you speak or act, then happiness follows you as a shadow that never departs"

"Whenever and wherever one encounters the arising and passing away of the mental-physical structure, one enjoys bliss and delight, which lead on to the deathless stage experienced by the wise"

"When faced with the vicissitudes of life, one's mind remains unshaken, sorrow-less, stainless, secure; this is the greatest welfare"

"You are your own master, you make your own future. Therefore discipline yourself as a horse-dealer trains a thoroughbred"

"Make an island of yourself, make yourself your refuge; there is no other refuge. Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge"

"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering"

"The greatest prayer is patience"

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"

"He is able who thinks he is able"

"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"

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared"

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

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without"

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it"

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

"Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others"

"Realizing the doctrine of dependent-arising, the wise do not at all partake of extreme views"

"When your mind is set in meditative equipoise, you can see reality exactly as it is"

"Through one all are known, through one all are also seen"

"Just as a chariot is verbalized, in dependence on collections of parts, so conventionally a sentient being, is set up depending on the mental and physical aggregates"

"When phenomena are individually analyzed as selfless, and what has been analyzed is meditated upon, that is the cause for attaining the fruit, nirvana. One does not go to peace through any other cause"

"Just as you have come to know, the false discrimination of yourself, apply this mentally to all phenomena"

"Cultivation of meditative stability alone, will not destroy the discrimination of inherent existence. Afflictive emotions can return, making all sorts of disturbances"

"Here even the various mind-pleasing blossoming flowers, and attractive shining supreme golden houses, have no inherently existent maker at all. They are set up through the power of thought. Through the power of conceptuality the world is established"

As you explore do-meditation, you will find more buddha quotations and teachings, priceless gems which Buddha selflessly shared with the world for forty-five years, from the time he attained nirvana until the last moments before his death.

I hope these other 'buddha quotes' you discover elsewhere on the site, in addition to the ones you read above, help in bringing discipline and focus to your regular meditation practice.

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