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Gautama Buddha Quotes


"The life of Gautama Buddha illustrates the power of service, compassion and, most importantly, renunciation. He was convinced that material wealth is not the sole goal." - Narendra Modi

"Don't quote the Buddha. Be the Buddha." - Eckhart Tolle

"Once a Buddha, always a Buddha." - Roger Zelazny

"The most fundamental message of Gautama the Buddha is not God, is not soul... it is freedom: freedom absolute, total, unconditional. He does not want to give you an ideology, because every ideology creates its own slavery." - Rajneesh

"The founders of the great world religions, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Mohammed, all seem to have striven for a worldwide brotherhood of man; but none of them could develop institutions which would include the enemy, the unbeliever." - Geoffrey Gorer

"Quality is the Buddha." - Robert M Pirsig

"For many years, I have kept in my office an ink drawing of two smiling figures with their arms around each other: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, with the caption: "Jesus and Buddha must be very good friends." They are not the same, but they are friends, not enemies, and they are not indifferent to one another." - Tilden Edwards

"All babies are Buddha babies." - Joseph Campbell

"You are all the Buddha." - Gautama Buddha

"Your nature is the Buddha." - Bodhidharma

"Buddha is in our hearts. Buddha is in our mouths. Buddha is in our daily lives." - Gautama Buddha

"Hindus believe Buddha to be an Avatara." - Swami Vivekananda

"Be calm. Be Zen. You are Buddha." - James Patterson

"I am moonlighting for the Buddha." - John Burdett

"Jesus and Buddha cannot both be right" - Ravi Zacharias

"People walking? Karma walking ... Buddha nature walking..!" - Frederick Franck

"People walking? Karma walking ... Buddha nature walking..!" - Frederick Franck

"Look within, thou art the Buddha." - Gautama Buddha

"The outer is easier, and the outer is objective. For example, one man, Thomas Alva Edison, discovers electricity and the whole of humanity uses it; there is no need for everyone to discover it again and again. Inner growth is a totally different phenomenon. A Gautama Buddha may become enlightened, but that does not mean that everybody else becomes enlightened. Each individual has to find the truth for him or herself." - Rajneesh

"The Buddha gave equal opportunities to women. But we, even as followers of Buddha, neglected that." - Dalai Lama

"Our buddha nature is as good as any buddha's buddha nature." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil." - Dogen

"Our buddha nature is as good as any buddha's buddha nature." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"Our buddha nature is as good as any buddha's buddha nature." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"If we seek the Buddha outside the mind, the Buddha changes into a devil." - Dogen

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

"The mind is the Buddha, and the Buddha is the mind." - Bodhidharma

"Without the mind there is no Buddha. Without the Buddha there's no mind." - Bodhidharma

"The Buddha is in me, the Buddha is in you. Live up to it." - Huston Smith

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

"If grief or anger arises, Let there be grief or anger. This is the Buddha in all forms,Sun Buddha, Moon Buddha, Happy Buddha, Sad Buddha. It is the universe offering all things to awaken and open our heart." - Jack Kornfield

"Buddha is pretty funny. Buddha is the coolest, though. If I had to go with one, I'd probably party with the Buddha." - Jack Black

"Become a Buddha? The mind can't do it. The body can't do it. Only what can't become a Buddha becomes a Buddha." - Ikkyu

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

"A mantra is like meeting the Buddha or Bodhisattva himself." - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

"equally empty, equally to be loved, equally a coming Buddha" - Jack Kerouac

"All living beings have Buddha nature and can become Buddhas." - Gautama Buddha

"It's much better to become a Buddha than a Buddhist." - Jack Kornfield

"How come people always flip and think they're Jesus? Why not Buddha? Particularly in America, where more people resemble Buddha than Jesus. 'Ah'm BUDDHA!' 'You're Bubba!' 'Ah'm Buddha now..All I gotta do is change 3 letters on ma belt..." - Bill Hicks

"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"Every man possesses the Buddha-nature. Do not demean yourselves." - Dogen

"The Buddha and all sentient beings are not two." - Takuan Soho

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." - Linji Yixuan

"The Buddha always emphased the important of good friends." - Tenzin Palmo

"Buddha, much like everyone else has good and bad days." - Todd Barry

"If your mind is pure, all buddha-lands are pure." - Bodhidharma

"The Buddha is your real body, your original mind." - Bodhidharma

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

"The Zen expression "Kill the Buddha!" means to kill any concept of the Buddha as something apart from oneself." - Peter Matthiessen

"The Buddha himself said, "I still use conceptual thinking, but I'm not formed by it." And that's the Buddha." - Tenzin Palmo

"How old are you? As old as the Buddha. And how old is the Buddha? As old as I am" - Frederick Franck

"Even if there had never been a Buddha nor a Christ CHRIST NATURE IS! BUDDHA NATURE IS!" - Frederick Franck

"The Zen expression "Kill the Buddha!" means to kill any concept of the Buddha as something apart from oneself." - Peter Matthiessen

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

"Man ordinarily is a robot. He lives apparently awake, but not really. He walks, he talks, he acts, but it is all as if in sleep - not conscious of what he is doing, not conscious of what he is saying, not conscious of all that surrounds him. He moves surrounded in a dark cloud of unawareness. According to Gautama the Buddha, this is the original sin: to live unconsciously, to act out of unconsciousness. In fact, the word 'sin' comes from a root which means forgetfulness. Sin simply means that we are not conscious, aware, alert, that we don't have any inner light to guide us." - Rajneesh

"I am Plato's Republic. Mr. Simmons is Marcus. I want you to meet Jonathan Swift, the author of that evil political book, Gulliver's Travels! And this other fellow is Charles Darwin, and-this one is Schopenhauer, and this one is Einstein, and this one here at my elbow is Mr. Albert Schweitzer, a very kind philosopher indeed. Here we all are, Montag. Aristophanes and Mahatma Gandhi and Gautama Buddha and Confucius and Thomas Love Peacock and Thomas Jefferson and Mr. Lincoln, if you please. We are also Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John." - Ray Bradbury

"The same clouds that Buddha had seen were in the sky. Each serene step brought to life the old path and white clouds of the Buddha. The path of Buddha was beneath his very feet." - Nhat Hanh

"If you find yourself in some difficulty, step aside, and allow Buddha to take your place. The Buddha is in you." - Nhat Hanh

"When you're blind to your own nature, the Buddha is an ordinary being. When you're aware of your own nature, an ordinary being is the Buddha." - Bill Porter

"That is the ultimate synthesis - when Zorba becomes a Buddha. I am trying to create here not Zorba the Greek but Zorba the Buddha." - Rajneesh

"Buddha was speaking about reality. Reality may be one, in its deepest essence, but Buddha also stated that all propositions about reality are only contingent." - Dalai Lama

"I went on a Buddha jag. I read 'Confession of a Buddhist Atheist' by Stephen Batchelor and Karen Armstrong's biography of Buddha, which is a great book." - Denis Ohare

"All beings are not only the parents in the past. They will become the Buddha in the future. If you free their lives, you are Buddha." - Gautama Buddha

"...we and all sentient beings fundamentally have the buddha nature as our innermost essence. . . ." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"Trying to find a buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space." - Bodhidharma

"Regard everyone you meet as the Buddha and you will know 10,000 Buddhas." - Gampopa

"A Master who cannot bow to a disciple cannot bow to Buddha." - Shunryu Suzuki

"When I'm a Buddhist my family hates me. When I'm the Buddha they love me." - Frank Hall

"After Buddha was dead, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Do not practice buddha-dharma with the thought that it is to benefit others." - Dogen

"The path of awakening begins with a step the Buddha called right understanding." - Jack Kornfield

"A man becomes a Buddha the moment he accepts all that life brings with gratitude." - Rajneesh

"Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha." - Tara Brach

"Desire, said the Buddha, is the cause of suffering. But without desire, what delight?" - Edward Abbey

"Buddha urged people to investigate things - he didn't just command them to believe." - Dalai Lama

"Mind is buddha. This is not our brain; it's not our head." - Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

"All sentient beings have the seed of the Buddha within them." - Dalai Lama

"The Buddha is not a person but a (state of) realization to which anyone can attain." - Swami Vivekananda

"One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the Messiah?" "No," answered Buddha. "Then are you a healer?" "No," Buddha replied. "Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted. "No, I am not a teacher." "Then what are you?" asked the student exasperated. "I am awake," Buddha replied." - Gautama Buddha

"Poetry is a dumb Buddha who thinks a donkey is as important as a diamond." - Natalie Goldberg

"Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings." - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

"I learned courage from Buddha, Jesus, Lincoln, Einstein, and Mr. Cary Grant." - Peggy Lee

"Buddha was not a Christian, but Jesus would have made a good Buddhist." - Ray Wylie Hubbard

"Christ, Buddha, and Krishna are but waves in the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness that I am!" - Swami Vivekananda

"The mind, the Buddha, living creatures - these are not three different things." - Sengcan

"Since everything is already the Supreme Buddha Nature, where are you going to find it?" - Adyashanti

"To reflect on everything in daily life is to nurture your buddha nature." - Shinjo Ito

"There are those who, attracted by grass, flowers, mountains, and waters, flow into the Buddha Way." - Dogen

"Jesus said "love," "forgive," have "compassion" and "don't judge." Buddha said "observe," "be silent," and "serve."" - Bryan Kest

"The 1,000 Buddha, to me, is almost like a contemporary art piece." - Hiroshi Sugimoto

"The Buddha forbore to specify: as long as there is any one to suffer - he will." - Wei Wu Wei

"Innumerable Buddhas Enlightened... innumerable Christs crucified... always the same Christ, the same Buddha!" - Frederick Franck

"Nothing burns in hell but ego says Tauler. Does anything live but Buddha Nature, Christ Spirit?" - Frederick Franck

"Our true buddha-nature has no shape. And the dust of affliction has no form." - Bodhidharma

"The Buddha is found in other people - even the ones we do not like very much." - Francis Harold Cook

"I don't want enlightenment, I want him. Sorry Buddha, I loved him more than you." - John Burdett

"All the time I pray to Buddha I keep on killing mosquitoes." - Kobayashi Issa

"If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball." - Phil Jackson

"Innumerable Buddhas Enlightened... innumerable Christs crucified... always the same Christ, the same Buddha!" - Frederick Franck

"Nothing burns in hell but ego" says Tauler. Does anything live but Buddha Nature, Christ Spirit?" - Frederick Franck

"If you want to find Buddha nature, love someone and care for them." - Dainin Katagiri

"One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas." - Nhat Hanh

"Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha." - Nhat Hanh

"I have been blessed often by Buddha, but equally by America." - Nguyen Cao Ky

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

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

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

"And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares." - Bodhidharma

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

"The compassionate actions of a Buddha are essential to reforming and revitalizing society." - Vinessa Shaw

"When we say, "I take refuge in the Buddha," we should also understand that "The Buddha takes refuge in me," because without the second part the first part is not complete. The Buddha needs us for awakening, understanding, and love to be real things and not just concepts. They must be real things that have real effects on life. Whenever I say, "I take refuge in the Buddha," I hear "the Buddha takes refuge in me."" - Nhat Hanh

"Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God." - Swami Vivekananda

"The good news is that we are Buddha. The bad news is that all beings are Buddha. The sickness of being human is the sickness of wanting to be unique." - Albert Low

"Did you know that according to legend, the guy who became Buddha decided to seek enlightenment the day he got a touch of gray? "Gray hairs," the would-be Buddha said, "are like angels sent by the god of death"." - Anderson Cooper

"Muichi Motsu: "Hold nothing": If you meet Buddha, kill Buddha. If you meet the patriarchs, kill the patriarchs. Free of all, bound by nothing, you live your life simply as it is" - Kazuya Minekura

"A man asked Lord Buddha "I want happiness." Lord Buddha said - first remove "I" that's ego. Then remove "Want" that's desire. See now you are left with only "Happiness"." - Gautama Buddha

"Embrace nothing: If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If you meet your father, kill your father. Only live your life as it is, Not bound to anything." - Gautama Buddha

"Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf." - Dogen

"The word Buddha comes from the Sanskrit word Budh, meaning, to be awake. So Buddha is not a name and ultimately not a person, but a state of consciousness." - Eckhart Tolle

"But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Buddha, they attain the understanding of a Buddha without using the mind." - Bodhidharma

"The Buddha gave his first talks, and three or four ascetics became his first disciples. They recognized his enlightenment." - Frederick Lenz

"The mind of the Buddha is perfect because it is empty and yet it contains all things." - Frederick Lenz

"If you're truly present in this moment, then you are a Buddha. At least for this moment!" - Leonard Jacobson

"From the very beginning all beings are Buddha. Like water and ice,without water no ice, outside us no Buddhas." - Hakuin Ekaku

"The Buddha never taught a sectarian religion; he taught Dhamma - the way to liberation - which is universal." - S. N. Goenka

"Was the Buddha married? His wife would say, "Are you just going to sit around like that all day?"" - Garry Shandling

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

"Buddha indicated that the self, that part of you that incarnates from lifetime to lifetime was causal." - Frederick Lenz

"Everything aids everything, because all things are a reflection of the Buddha mind, of the mind of Enlightenment." - Frederick Lenz

"As Buddha points out, you should not rely on the opinions of others for validation of your internal progression." - Frederick Lenz

"If you're truly present in this moment, then you are a Buddha. At least for this moment!" - Leonard Jacobson

"Where the dance of Meera and the silence of Buddha meet, blossoms the true philosophy of Rajneesh." - Amrita Pritam

"It is by fighting and triumphing over the enemies of the Buddha that we ourselves become Buddhas." - Daisaku Ikeda

"Wish I am free from barriers when I die, and Buddha will welcome me from far away." - Gautama Buddha

"As Dr. Chiang puts it, "while Buddha came to China on white elephants, Christ was borne on cannon balls." - Carlo M. Cipolla

"If you're truly present in this moment, then you are a Buddha. At least for this moment!" - Leonard Jacobson

"Since we are already Buddhas, happy and suffering Buddhas, wise and confused Buddhas, we are already Buddha." - Joan Halifax

"People always snap and think they're Jesus. How come no one ever snaps and thinks they're Buddha?" - Bill Hicks

"When the voice of truth rises from the minarets, the Buddha smiles, and the broken chain of history reconnects." - Ziauddin Yousafzai

"The Buddha taught complete honesty, with the extra instruction that everything a person says should be truthful and helpful." - Sylvia Boorstein

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

"Kevin Eastman is like a Buddha, like the coolest thing in the world, like a rock star." - Greg Cipes

"When I said that I am the Buddha, the Christ, the Lord Maitreya, and more, it was not a question of superiority or inferiority. I added that phrase 'and more' very carefully, because I knew that people had a very limited understanding of the Buddha and the Christ, and hence if I said: 'I am the Christ, the Buddha', they would limit that Reality to their own conceptions of the Buddha or the Christ, and Life has no limit." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Religion helps you relate with the universe. Buddha was indifferent to the concept of god yet he gave us values." - Asghar Ali Engineer

"The words of the Buddha offer this truth: &8764; Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed." - Jack Kornfield

"The real spiritual power is enabling beings to realize the nature of the mind. That's the power of Buddha activity." - Tenzin Palmo

"The Buddha said that samsara by its nature is painful. He didn't say it was a joyride." - Tenzin Palmo

"In Buddha we had the great, universal heart and infinite patience, making religion practical and bringing it to everyone's door." - Swami Vivekananda

"Buddha never rejected Hinduism, but he broadened its base. He gave it a new life and a new interpretation." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Who do you think was smarter, Jesus or Buddha? I mean, just in terms of not letting themselves get crucified." - Anthony Jeselnik



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