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Buddhist Quotes about Life
Buddhist Life Quotes

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh PHOTO

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha PHOTO

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

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.
- The Buddha

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.
- The Buddha

 

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.
- The Buddha

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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.
- The Buddha

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

When someone has a strong intuitive connection,
Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma,
some past connection.
- Richard Gere

The key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions
such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion,
while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility
are the sources of peace and happiness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days,
and focus in the brightest.
I do not judge the universe.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

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.
- The Buddha

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

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

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
- The Buddha

All major religious traditions
carry basically the same message,
that is love, compassion and forgiveness.
The important thing is they should
be part of our daily lives.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- Buddhist proverb

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

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.
- The Buddha

Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

He is able who thinks he is able.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop.
- The Buddha

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman
in the midst of this world,
where each person is clinging to his piece of debris?
What's the proper salutation between people
as they pass each other in this flood?
- The Buddha

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger,
regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue.
Let go of the need for approval.
- Lama Surya Das

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.
- The Buddha

If you can, help others;
if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not,
and whether one believes in rebirth or not,
there isn't anyone who doesn't
appreciate kindness and compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.
- Pema Chodron

Ambition is like love,
impatient both of delays and rivals.
- The Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

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

Abandon hope.
- Pema Chodron

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

The tongue like a sharp knife...
Kills without drawing blood.
- The Buddha

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

To live a pure unselfish life,
one must count nothing as one's own
in the midst of abundance.
- The Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha


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