FAMOUS PHASES FROM BUDDHA

SEATED BUDDHA

All wrong-doing arises because of mind.
If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
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.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea
that exists only as an idea.
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.
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.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering.
Some suffer too much, others too little.
He is able who thinks he is able.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought,
pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
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4 thoughts on “FAMOUS PHASES FROM BUDDHA

  1. Everything is connected and all effects ripple out. One must search out what brings peace to them so that acceptance if found so ripples of resistence are not put out. Then all will be calm in the world.

  2. Everything in relation to all else. This is also taught from traditional Aboriginal teachings. What an awesome if not overwhelming thought? Especially in such a world of rugged individualism? Good to be reminded there is more interdependence than independence. These are challenging meditations.

  3. Each of these statements could become mini-essay of reflection on my own life. I do not know if mind is the only place of consciousness for the human heart (emotional realm) can often ignite anger, envy, the envy of ambition, hatred. In Aboriginal teachings the heart-mind are considered a unity. I think I understand how ‘mind’ is considered here as a place of false consciousness which must be scraped away clean to inhale/exhale love? Not sure if my interpretation is clear? Accurate? I shall return to consider and in Cree teachings there are some strong similarities, like finding the compassionate mind. Enjoy seeing connections between traditional teachings and other faiths (? word) and religions. Take care. Many blessings for your week.

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