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Enlightened Wisdom: 20 Inspiring Teachings of Buddhism


Buddhism is a non-theistic religion and philosophy that was founded in ancient India by Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha. Buddhism emphasizes the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the practice of meditation as a means to achieve enlightenment and liberation from suffering. He was born in Nepal in the 6th century BCE, into a royal family. Despite his privileged upbringing, he was deeply troubled by the suffering and impermanence of life. At the age of 29, he renounced his comfortable life and embarked on a spiritual quest for enlightenment. After six years of intense meditation and asceticism, he achieved enlightenment under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India, and became Buddha, meaning the "enlightened one". Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching his philosophy of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which focused on achieving inner peace, compassion, and wisdom. His teachings have had a profound impact on Eastern philosophy, religion, and culture and continue to inspire people around the world today.


"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule." - The Dhammapada, verse 5.


"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." - The Dhammapada, verse 1.


"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - The Dhammapada, verse 348.


"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life." - The Buddha.


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


"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise, we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear." - The Buddha.


"The greatest prayer is patience." - The Buddha.


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


"The root of suffering is attachment." - The Buddha.


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


"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows." - The Buddha.


"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." - The Buddha.


"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." - The Buddha.


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


"The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment." - The Buddha.


"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." - The Buddha.


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


"Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another." - The Buddha.


"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness." - James Thurber (often attributed to the Buddha).


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


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