Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.— Gautama Buddha
Seductive Buddhism quotations
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion.
It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.
The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
What you think you become.
Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts.
What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future? Remain in the simplicity of the present moment.
If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
To observe and watch one's own mind is something really interesting.
The untrained mind will run and follow its old habit patterns. Because it has not been trained and taught, it will get lost in all kinds of stories and issues. Therefore we have to train our mind. The meditation practice in Buddhism is all about training one's own mind.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create disticntions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
On the day that you were born, you began to die. Do not waste a single moment more!
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.
However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
I've tried Buddhism, Scientology, Numerology, Transcendental Meditation, Qabbala, t'ai chi, feng shui and Deepak Chopra but I find straight gin works best.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Learn to be happy in any and all circumstances, whether you're experiencing pleasure or pain, whether there's loss or gain, whether the world loves you or hates you. Learn to be happy.
Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are.
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.
Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze.
You menace others with your deadly fangs.
But in tormenting them, you are only tormenting yourselves.
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.
All know the way, but few actually walk it.
The basic root of happiness lies in our minds;
outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable.
Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.
Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of the world.
The heart chakra is the central chakra.
When the mind is full of memories and preoccupied by the future, it misses the freshness of the present moment. In this way, we fail to recognize the luminous simplicity of mind that is always present behind the veils of thought.
Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.
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. - Buddha No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Let me give you a wonderful Zen practice.
Wake up in the morning...look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself.