Buddha: Thoughts About Life, Happiness And Fulfillness

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. “Buddha” is also used as a title for the first awakened being in a Yuga era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (Pali sammāsambuddha, Sanskrit samyaksaṃbuddha) of the present age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the śramaṇa movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kosala.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“What we think, we become.”

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”

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