Buddha Quotes on Meditation, Spirituality, and Happiness

“The path of awakening begins with a step the Buddha called right understanding.” Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation

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 “In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious—to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs—is the best use of our human lives.” Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chodron

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 The words of the Buddha offer this truth: ∼ Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed.” Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

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 “I guess if I had to pick a spiritual figurehead to possess the deed to the entirety of Earth, I’d go with Buddha, but only because he wouldn’t want it.” Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes



 “Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.” Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

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 “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.”

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 “Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.”

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 “It is ridiculous to think that somebody else can make you happy or unhappy.”

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 “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.”

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 On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.”

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

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 “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”

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

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

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 “Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you.”

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 “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.”

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 “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.”

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

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 “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but is he peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.”

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 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. ”

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

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

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 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.”

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

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 “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”

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

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

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

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 “However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?”

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 “If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”

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

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

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

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 However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?”

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 Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

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 “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.”

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 “If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”

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 “One should strive to understand what underlies sufferings and diseases – and aim for health and well-being while gaining in the path.”

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 “For soon the body is discarded, Then what does it feel? A useless log of wood, it lies on the ground, Then what does it know? Your worst enemy cannot harm you As much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, No one can help you as much, Not even your father or your mother.”

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 “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.”

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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.”

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 “If a man’s thoughts are muddy, If he is reckless and full of deceit, How can he wear the yellow robe? Whoever is master of his own nature, Bright, clear and true, He may indeed wear the yellow robe.”

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

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

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 “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”

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

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 “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

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 “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.”

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 “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”

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