What are your favourite Buddhist quotes?

Discussion in 'Buddhism' started by Birmingham, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. Birmingham

    Birmingham Member

    Of the few I've read, I like the one that says something like:

    An experience of wisdom should be followed by a change on the inside but you should look the same on the outside.

    What are your favourite short Buddhist quotes?
  2. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned

    Someone asked the Buddha "are you a god"?

    "No" he replied.

    "Are you a saint?"

    "No" he replied.

    "Who are you then?"

    "I am awake."
  3. Birmingham

    Birmingham Member

    Thanks Sed. Very enlightening.

    Any more? :)
  4. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned

    "Believe nothing, O monks merely because you have been told it...or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings-that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide."​

  5. hippie_chick666

    hippie_chick666 Senior Member

  6. Birmingham

    Birmingham Member

    excellent link, hippie.

    as someone who's probably studied the enlightening words in that link, let me ask your view on this daoist quote:

    people are difficult to govern because they're clever. so old daoists did not enlighten people, but left them dull and boring.

    what does anyone think about this?
  7. White Feather

    White Feather Senior Member

    http://www.angelfire.com/ca/SHALOM/dhammapada.html :

  8. Birmingham

    Birmingham Member

    interesting white feather. the opening page of the tao te ching describes similar thoughts.

    any more buddhist quotes, anyone?
  9. Sukhavati Sutra:
    There are three kinds of people in the world. The first are those who are like letters carved in rock; they easily give way to anger and retain their anger thoughts for a long time. The second are those who are like letters written in sand; they give way to anger also, but their angry thoughts quickly pass away. The third is those who are like letters written in running water; they do not retain their passing thoughts; they let abuse and uncomfortable gossip pass by unnoticed; their minds are always pure and undisturbed.
    Dhammapada 5
    Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. This is an eternal law.
  10. SvgGrdnBeauty

    SvgGrdnBeauty only connect

    Fundamentally perfect wisdom has no tree
    Nor has the bright mirror any stand
    Buddha nature is forever clear and pure
    Where has it be defiled by any dust? - Hui Neng, 6th Patriarch of Chan (Zen)
  11. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned


    Hui Neng tearing up the sutras.
  12. SvgGrdnBeauty

    SvgGrdnBeauty only connect

    Hey now... don't pick too much on the 6th Patriarch. ;)
  13. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned

    He's one of my faves, along with Lin Chi.
  14. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned

    From Lin Chi:

    1.) In the hall the master (Lin Chi) said to the assembly 'In your red heart, there is a true man of no fixed position who comes in and goes out through your forehead; I urge those who have not experienced this to try to see it.'
    A monk came forward, asking 'What is a true man of no fixed position?'
    Descending from his meditation bed, the master grasped him, ordereing 'Speak! Speak!'
    As the monk hesitated to reply, the master pushed him away saying 'Is the true man of no fixed position such a toilet stick?' He then returned to the abbot's room.

    2.) The master said: 'This mountain monk has no Dharma to give to others; his consists in curing diseases and untying bonds. Rather than clinging to this mountain monk's words, it is far better for you to stop thinking and take a rest, thus without more ado'.

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