Buddhism Quotes

We simply need to believe in the power that’s within us, and use it.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
padlocked wooden door

We don’t need to shift our responsibilities onto the shoulders of some deified Spiritual Superman, or sit around and wait for Fate to come knocking at the door. We simply need to believe in the power that’s within us, and use it. When we do that, and stop imitating others and competing against them, things begin to work for us.

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From mercy comes courage

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
aloe vera leaves closeup

I have three treasures which I hold and Keep.
The first is mercy; the second is economy;
The third is daring not to be ahead of others.
From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity;
From humility comes leadership.

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A truth can only be expressed and enveloped in words if it is one-sided

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
light and dark forest

Everything that is thought and expressed in words is one-sided, only half the truth; it all lacks totality, completeness, unity. When the Illustrious Buddha taught about the world, he had to divide it into Samsara and Nirvana, into illusion and…

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Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom

Siddhartha said: “Yes, I have had thoughts and knowledge here and there. Sometimes, for an hour or a day, I have become aware of knowledge, just as one feels life in one’s heart. I have had many thoughts, but it would be difficult…”

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You leave your elephant at home and look for its footprints in the forest

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
fog

In Tibet we used to say, “Knowing one, you accomplish all.” The modern faddish idea that we can always keep all our options open and so never need commit ourselves to anything is one of the greatest and most dangerous delusions of our…

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If I didn’t know they were there, I wouldn’t be able to say that they even exist

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
peeling orange paint

Some of them are starting to sink now. In a few minutes, the only place they’ll still be floating will be inside my mind. That’s quite interesting, because if you look at it a certain way, that’s where they started floating in the first…

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We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
wagon wheel

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move…

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A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care. Wisdom does.

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
woman and a framed Habitat for Humanity house

It’s rather significant, we think, that those who have no compassion have no wisdom. Knowledge, yes; cleverness, maybe; wisdom, no. A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care. Wisdom does. We also consider it significant that cor, the Latin word for “heart,” is the basis for the word courage.

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When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong.

Friday, July 31st, 2009
jellyfish

Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.

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Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
tiny frog

Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got. Do you really want to be miserable? You can begin by being discontented. As Lao Tse wrote, “A tree as big around as you can reach starts with a small seed; a thousand-mile journey starts with one step.”

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When you try too hard, it doesn’t work

Friday, June 19th, 2009
Balance Work Relax

And when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.

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Discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
curling tendril

When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.

From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to…

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