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    buddha Quotes

    There is a true Buddha in family life; there is a real Tao in everyday activities. If people can be sincere and harmonious, promoting communication with a cheerful demeanor and friendly words, that is much better than formal meditation practice.
    — Zicheng Hong
    When the voice of truth rises from the minarets, the Buddha smiles, and the broken chain of history reconnects.
    — Ziauddin Yousafzai
    tags: truth  smile  broken  buddha 
    Zen is the way of complete self-realization; a living human being who follows the way of Zen can attain satori and then live a new life as a Buddha.
    — Zenkei Shibayama
    tags: living  live  human  buddha 
    I've always tried to learn from the greats: Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Ghandi, Buddha, Jesus... it's just that there's this tremendous pressure to correct all the things they got wrong.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: wrong  jesus  buddha  learn 
    Compared to my talents, Whoopi Goldberg is like one of those fake plastic Buddhas you get at dollar stores. I mean really, I fail to see the humor in an overweight negro woman with dreadlocks, no eyebrows, and is named after a childish term for flatulence.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: humor  women  talent  buddha  fail 
    Ignorance, vulnerability, fear, anger, and desire are expressions of the infinite potential of your buddha nature. There's nothing inherently wrong or right with making such choices. The fruit of Buddhist practice is simply the recognition that these and other mental afflictions are nothing more or less than choices available to us because our real nature is infinite in scope.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    We're all buddhas. We just don't recognize it.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    tags: buddha 
    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has a remarkable ability to present the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings in a manner that is as fresh and accessible as it is profound. With Rebel Buddha, he goes straight to the core of the spiritual path, showing how the Buddha's liberating insights transcend race, religion, and culture. This book is sure to provoke, inspire, and move us one step closer to creating a thoroughly modern approach to spirituality.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    The Buddha said that all conscious beings possess an enlightened nature. Because of that, we have this natural purity, peacefulness and power. We can rest the mind naturally because we are already in possession of these qualities. If one can rest the mind naturally, that's the best meditation.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    It was clear: I was sick. I never used to dream. They say in the old days it was the most normal thing in the world to have dreams. Which makes sense: Their whole life was some kind of horrible merry-go-round of green, orange, Buddha, juice. But today we know that dreams point to a serious mental illness. And I know that up to now my brain has checked out chronometrically perfect, a mechanism without a speck of dust.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    I believe that if Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and Moses all got together they would be best of friends because the spiritual basis of all religions is something that builds unity.
    — Yehuda Berg
    In the rest of Nirvana all sorrows surcease: Only Buddha can guide to that city of Peace Whose inhabitants have the eternal release.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    tags: peace  sorrow  buddha 
    People need to learn how to respond to each other's hatreds with love - which is what Jesus taught us, which is what Buddha came here to teach us, which is what Muhammad taught us, which is what all of the great spiritual masters who have ever walked among us who live at those highest energies taught us - responding to force with more force will just create more problems.
    — Wayne Dyer
    The only theism worthy of our respect believes in God not because of the way the world is made but in spite of that. The only theism that is no less profound than the Buddha's atheism is that represented in the Bible by Job and Jeremiah.
    — Walter Kaufmann
    tags: world  believe  respect  job  atheism  god  bible  buddha 
    It is always a question of knowing and seeing, and not that of believing. The teaching of the Buddha is qualified as ehi-passika, inviting you to 'come and see', but not to come and believe.
    — Walpola Rahula
    The compassionate actions of a Buddha are essential to reforming and revitalizing society.
    — Vinessa Shaw
    tags: society  action  buddha 
    Shape I may take, converse I may, but neither god nor Buddha am I, rather an insensate being whose heart thus differs from that of man.
    — Ueda Akinari
    tags: men  heart  god  buddha 
    Whether a Buddha comes into the world or not, the nature of things is still the nature of things. The Buddha is someone who realizes what is true, what actually exists. If we want to become enlightened, we simply have to acknowledge or recognize what is.
    — Tsoknyi Rinpoche
    tags: nature  world  true  buddha 
    Buddha, much like everyone else has good and bad days.
    — Todd Barry
    tags: bad  buddha 
    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
    I play a female Indiana Jones, a professor who hunts down precious objects, like a bowl that belonged to the Buddha. They tailored the role to me: I wanted to be smart, funny, and to kick some ass.
    — Tia Carrere
    tags: smart  funny  buddha 
    The Buddha's last words instructed us to be heedful-to see our actions as important and to keep that importance in mind at all times.
    — Thanissaro Bhikkhu
    tags: time  action  buddha  mind 
    Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering.
    — Terry Tempest Williams
    tags: suffering  buddha 
    Buddhism is a heresy on Hinduism. It was Hinduism that did the dirty work for Buddhism, by the time Buddha came along priest-craft was an ancient tradition in India.
    — Terence McKenna
    The Buddha himself said, "I still use conceptual thinking, but I'm not formed by it." And that's the Buddha.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: buddha  thinking 
    When one has a decisive realization of the inherent nature of the mind, which has no ego, it has no sense of duality between oneself and the cup, and a deep sense of interpenetration of the whole dharma. Then whatever we do is spontaneously perfect Buddha activity. And anybody who is even slightly tuned in will get a very deep experience of that.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    Perhaps one of the main antidotes to depression, lack of self-esteem, loneliness and so forth is the recognition that we really do have Buddha nature. All the other problems like anger, jealousy, ambitions, are merely habitual patterns that we've learned, but aren't inherent to who we are.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    To be a nun is a very great blessing. It's a great inspiration to think that the Sangha goes all the way back to the Buddha and that so many fantastic, really truly-realized beings have been ordained. Thinking of all those members, such a wonderful, exalted and holy order - I love the Sangha.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    Buddha activity doesn't mean radiating light and elevating yourself up a thousand feet in the air. That's not the point. The point is, as Zen is always saying - and Tibetans understand this also very well - every activity becomes perfect Buddha activity.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: saying  buddha 
    The real spiritual power is enabling beings to realize the nature of the mind. That's the power of Buddha activity.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: nature  power  real  spiritual  buddha  mind 
    Distraction is the main problem for us all - what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: problem  buddha  mind 
    To really be of benefit to others as the Buddha always taught, we ourselves must first get out of the swamp. One of the quickest and most effective ways to do this is in isolation, with very few distractions, working very hard at it and spending all your time and efforts at changing your mind.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: time  buddha  mind 
    The Buddha always emphased the important of good friends.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: friends  buddha 
    Most of the spiritual traditions were very theistic and the idea of an external god pulling the strings didn't resonate with me. I then discovered Buddhism and found the perfect path. I felt so grateful to the Buddha for having given the path, and not just explaining the end result, but showing so clearly how to get there.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    And that's how we measure out our real respect for people-by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate-and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.
    — Ted Hughes
    tags: living  live  respect  real  buddha 
    Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.
    — Tara Brach
    tags: heart  buddha  radical 
    Shonin: I have composed a poem. Kokushi: Let's hear it. Shonin: When I chant, Both Buddha and self Cease to exist. There is only the voice that says, Namu Amida Butsu. Kokushi: Something's wrong with the last couple of lines, don't you think? (after a lapse of time) Shonin: This is how I've written it: When I chant, Both Buddha and self Cease to exist. Namu Amida Butsu. Kokushi: There! You got it!
    — Takuan Soho
    tags: self  wrong  buddha  poem 
    The Buddha and all sentient beings are not two.
    — Takuan Soho
    tags: buddha 
    Buddha also said that the Dharma, like a bird, needs two wings to fly, and that the wing that balances Wisdom is compassion.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
    The Buddha taught that suffering is the extra pain in the mind that happens when we feel an anguished imperative to have things be different from how they are. We see it most clearly when our personal situation is painful and we want very much for it to change. It's the wanting very much that hurts so badly, the feeling of "I need this desperately," that paralyzes the mind. The "I" who wants so much feels isolated. Alone.
    — Sylvia Boorstein
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