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There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires. Buddha


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


If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart. Buddha


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. Buddha


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


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


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


All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha


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


One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond. Buddha


Give, even if you only have a little.


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


Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves.


Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.


Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.


If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.


The root of suffering is attachment.


Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.


People with opinions just go around bothering each other.


Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.


You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.


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


Meditate… do not delay, lest you later regret it.


Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.


Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.


Delight in meditation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.


Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.


What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.


If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.


If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. 


Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.


We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.


Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.


The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless, and of limitless range.


Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.


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.


Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.


Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.


Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words are fruitless in a man who does not act in accordance with them.


Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.


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


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


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


Live every act fully, as if it were your last.


Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.


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


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


To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.


One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.


She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.


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.


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


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.


Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.


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


True love is born from understanding.


Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.


You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


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


Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.


Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.


We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.


Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.


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


Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.


Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.


One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.


Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.


Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.


In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.


Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, 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.


Those attached to the notion ‘I am’ and to views roam the world offending people.


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.


Men, driven on by thirst, run about like a snared hare; let therefore mendicant drive out thirst, by striving after passionlessness for himself.


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 instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.


He is able who thinks he is able.


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


Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!


Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox.


There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.


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A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.


Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.


You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet, of your words and your thoughts.


See them, floundering in their sense of mine, like fish in the puddles of a dried-up stream — and, seeing this, live with no mine, not forming attachment for states of becoming.


‘As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I.’ Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.


All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.


To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.


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


What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.


The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.


Transcendental intelligence rises when the intellectual mind reaches its limit and if things are to be realized in their true and essential nature, its processes of thinking must be transcended by an appeal to some higher faculty of cognition.


I will not look at another’s bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.


The external world is only a manifestation of the activities of the mind itself, and the mind grasps it as an external world simply because of its habit of discrimination and false-reasoning. The disciple must get into the habit of looking at things truthfully.


Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.


If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.


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


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


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.


It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.


The enlightened one, intent on jhana, should find delight in the forest, should practice jhana at the foot of a tree, attaining his own satisfaction.


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


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


Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.


We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.


Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.


Indeed, the sage who’s fully quenched rests at ease in every way; no sense desire adheres to him whose fires have cooled, deprived of fuel. All attachments have been severed, the heart’s been led away from pain; tranquil, he rests with utmost ease. The mind has found its way to peace.


Do not turn away what is given you, nor reach out for what is given to others, lest you disturb your quietness.


Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.


Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.


Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.


Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.


The fool who knows he is a fool is that much wiser.


Whatever has the nature of arising has the nature of ceasing.


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


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 greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest.


When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.


Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.


The true master lives in truth, in goodness and restraint, non-violence, moderation, and purity.


Offend in neither word nor deed. Eat with moderation. Live in your heart. Seek the highest consciousness. Master yourself according to the law. This is the simple teaching of the awakened.


Life is like the harp string, if it is strung too tight it won’t play, if it is too loose it hangs, the tension that produces the beautiful sound lies in the middle.


Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.


Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.


The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.


The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.


Someone who has set out in the vehicle of a Bodhisattva should decide that ‘I must lead all the beings to nirvana, into that realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind’. What is this realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind ?


Nothing is forever except change.


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


Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.


He who can curb his wrath as soon as it arises, as a timely antidote will check snake’s venom that so quickly spreads, — such a monk gives up the here and the beyond, just as a serpent sheds its worn-out skin.


May all that have life be delivered from suffering.


It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.


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


Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.


Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.


Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.


All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.


I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.


They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.


Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.


Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.


Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.


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


Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.


Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.


As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse.


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.


In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.


Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.


Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.


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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.


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


To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.


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


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


There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.


The calmed say that what is well-spoken is best; second, that one should say what is right, not unrighteous; third, what’s pleasing, not displeasing; fourth, what is true, not false.


Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.


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




If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha. Bodhidharma


And the Buddha is the person who’s free: free of plans, free of cares. Bodhidharma


As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the Buddha. Bodhidharma


Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either. Bodhidharma


Buddhas don’t practice nonsense. Bodhidharma


A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. Bodhidharma


Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will. Bodhidharma


But deluded people don’t realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside. Bodhidharma


To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Bodhidharma


No one can force us to transform our minds, not even Buddha. We must do so voluntarily. Therefore Buddha stated, ‘You are your own master’. Dalai Lama


The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech. Dogen


The Buddha and all sentient beings are nothing but expressions of the one mind. There is nothing else. Huang Po


To awaken suddenly to the fact that your own Mind is the Buddha, that there is nothing to be attained or a single action to be performed. This is the Supreme Way. Huang Po


The words of the Buddha offer this truth: Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed. Jack Kornfield


Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help. Miyamoto Musashi


Even the buddha does not want anyone to follow him. Even the greatest masters cannot give you a single commandment. They see you so uniquely you, they see your freedom to be so uniquely for you. Osho


Just two small things: meditation and let-go. Remember these two key words: meditation and surrender. Meditation will take you in, and surrender will take you into the whole. And this is the whole of religion. Within these two words Buddha has condensed the whole essence of religion. Osho


There is no need for God! If you want to meditate you can meditate without God. Buddha meditated without God; he had no belief in God. Osho


A Buddha is a Buddha, a Krishna is a Krishna, and you are you. Osho


He taught virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom. These are the three pillars of Buddhist practice, as well as the wellsprings of everyday well-being, psychological growth, and spiritual realization. Rick Hanson


If you cannot bow to Buddha, you cannot be a Buddha. It is arrogance. Shunryu Suzuki


Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering. Terry Tempest Williams


You need to have confidence that you have the capacity to become a Buddha, the capacity of transformation and healing. Thich Nhat Hanh




Attachment leads to suffering.


May all beings have happy minds.


Born out of concern for all beings.


I am the miracle.


A jug fills drop by drop.


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


The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.


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

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